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

  • v. Past participle of draw.
  • adj. Haggard, as from fatigue or ill health: a wan, drawn face.

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  • v. Past participle of draw

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • See draw, v. t. & i.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Undecided, from the fact, that neither contestant has the advantage.
  • Eviscerated; disemboweled: as, a drawn fowl.
  • Melted: as, drawn butter.
  • In needlework, gathered or shirred; puckered by threads drawn through the material.
  • Freed from all particles of iron and steel by means of magnets: said of brass filings.
  • Having the sword drawn.
  • Abnormally tall and slender because of too much crowding and too little sunlight and air: said of a plant, particularly a seedling. Badly drawn plants are of little value.

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

  • adj. showing the wearing effects of overwork or care or suffering
  • adj. having the curtains or draperies closed or pulled shut


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  • "Abnormally tall and slender because of too much crowding and too little sunlight and air: said of a plant, particularly a seedling. Badly drawn plants are of little value."

    --Cent. Dict.

    November 20, 2012