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
- (US) IPA(key): /dɹɔl/
- (cot–caught merger) IPA(key): /dɹɑl/
- (Can we verify this pronunciation?) (US, paragon) IPA(key): /dʒɹɑːw/
- (transitive) To drag on slowly and heavily; while or dawdle away time indolently.
- (transitive) To utter or pronounce in a dull, spiritless tone, as if by dragging out the utterance.
- (intransitive) To move slowly and heavily; move in a dull, slow, lazy mannner.
- (intransitive) To speak with a slow, spiritless utterance, from affectation, laziness, or lack of interest.
- Theologians and moralists […] talk mostly in a drawling and dreaming way about it.
drawl (plural drawls)
- a way of speaking slowly while lengthening vowel sounds and running words together. Characteristic of some southern US accents, as well as Scots.