Middle EnglishEdit

Alternate formsEdit


From Old English dragan, from Proto-Germanic *draganą (compare Old Norse draga), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *dʰregʰ- (draw, pull, drag). Many senses are calqued from Latin trahere.



drawen (third-person singular simple present draweth, present participle drawinge, first-/third-person singular past indicative drogh or drew, past participle drawen)

  1. To pull, move or draw away:
    1. To unsheathe or pull out a weapon or arrow.
    2. To rip or pull out; to forcibly remove by pulling or tugging.
    3. To draw breath; to breathe or respire.
    4. To doff; to remove an article of clothing.
    5. (cooking) To disembowel or gut.
    6. (medicine) To extract blood from (someone)
  2. To draw, push, or impel towards (oneself); to attract:
    1. To extract; to draw out (moisture or liquid)
    2. To lead or bring (something); to take with oneself.
    3. To put, take, or position somewhere.
    4. To support or influence; to exert power over
    5. To effect a condition or state; to make (into).
    6. To acquire; to gain or receive.
    7. To drag behind as punishment.
    8. (cooking) To lead through a sieve.
    9. (chess) To make a move; to move a piece.
  3. To go to; to become closer or nearer to:
    1. To travel or journey: to go physically towards.
    2. To follow, imitate; to be influenced by.
    3. To become or go toward, to turn into.
    4. To support or influence; to exert power over.
    5. To turn to for aid or assistance.
  4. To draw out; to spread out or extend:
    1. To prolong; to extend in time.
    2. (rare) To spread as to cover or blanket.
    3. To defer or procrastinate; to put off.
  5. To make or create; to cause to come about:
    1. To author; to make a literary work.
    2. (cooking) To mix or blend into a paste.
    3. To draw or sketch; to make a drawing
  6. To draw straws or lots.
  7. To pull apart; to tear to bits (especially with down)
  8. (mathematics) To add; to perform addition.
  9. (mathematics) To come to; to add up to.


Derived termsEdit


  • English: draw
  • Scots: draw