from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To speak with lengthened or drawn-out vowels.
  • transitive v. To utter with lengthened or drawn-out vowels: "We-e-ell,” the clerk drawled.
  • n. The speech or manner of speaking of one who drawls: a Southern drawl.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To drag on slowly and heavily; while or dawdle away time indolently.
  • v. To utter or pronounce in a dull, spiritless tone, as if by dragging out the utterance.
  • v. To move slowly and heavily; move in a dull, slow, lazy mannner.
  • v. To speak with a slow, spiritless utterance, from affectation, laziness, or lack of interest.
  • v. To speak with a drawl.
  • n. a way of speaking slowly while lengthening vowel sounds and running words together. Characteristic of some southern US accents, as well as Scots.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lengthened, slow monotonous utterance.
  • intransitive v. To speak with slow and lingering utterance, from laziness, lack of spirit, affectation, etc.
  • transitive v. To utter in a slow, lengthened tone.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act of drawling; a slow, unanimated utterance.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. lengthen and slow down or draw out
  • n. a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels


Probably from Low German drauelen, to loiter, delay.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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"). (Wiktionary)



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