v. drawled, drawl·ing, drawls
To speak with lengthened or drawn-out vowels.
To utter with lengthened or drawn-out vowels: "We-e-ell," the clerk drawled.
The speech or manner of speaking of one who drawls: a Southern drawl.
[Probably from Low German drauelen, to loiter, delay.]
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