From a modern frequentative form of draw, equivalent to draw +‎ -le. Compare draggle. Compare also Dutch dralen (to drag out, delay, linger, tarry, dawdle), Old Danish dravle (to linger, loiter), Icelandic dralla (to loiter, linger).


Rhymes: -ɔːl


drawl (third-person singular simple present drawls, present participle drawling, simple past and past participle drawled)

  1. (transitive) To drag on slowly and heavily; to while or dawdle away time indolently.
  2. (transitive) To utter or pronounce in a dull, spiritless tone, as if by dragging out the utterance.
  3. (intransitive) To move slowly and heavily; move in a dull, slow, lazy manner.
  4. (intransitive) To speak with a slow, spiritless utterance, from affectation, laziness, or lack of interest.



drawl (plural drawls)

  1. A way of speaking slowly while lengthening vowel sounds and running words together. Characteristic of some southern US accents, as well as Scots.

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