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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.]

drawl′er n.
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References in classic literature ?
`Well, there was Mystery,' the Mock Turtle replied, counting off the subjects on his flappers, `--Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seaography: then Drawling--the Drawling-master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: HE taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils.'
Harvey got ready to faint or be sick, or both, when he heard a crack like a trunk thrown on a sidewalk, and, all small in his ear, a far-away telephone voice drawling: "Heave to!
But truly, truly, it's not my fault, or only my fault a little bit," she said, daintily drawling the words "a little bit."
"I was surprised to hear of your desire to join us," he began, lisping and drawling, which was something new.
Grimsby repulsed him with a solemn wave of the hand, and then turning to me, continued, with the same drawling tones and strange uncertainty of utterance and heavy gravity of aspect as before:
She opened one that had obviously been often turned over, and read a portion in the drawling tone of a beginner; then laughed, and threw it from her.
Although no soldier, he had frequented camps enough to know the dread significance of that deliberate, drawling, aspirated chant; the lieutenant on shore was taking a part in the morning's work.
Bazid Khan surely is a humble man by all means, but his lazy drawling comments sound inaudible to the ears.
The Mock Turtle replies: "Well, there was Mystery, ancient and modern, with Seagraphy: then Drawling--the Drawling master was an old conger-eel, that used to come once a week: he taught us Drawling, Stretching, and Fainting in Coils."
The hushed, drawling, sensitive vocals and intricate guitar work remains, fleshed out with ambitious widescreen rock leanings that recalls Neil Young in his early-1970s heyday.
The punky pop power gives way at times to drawling rock, acoustic troubadouring and even a Squeeze-sounding flashback but three albums in such quick succession is pushing the boat out perilously close to the rocks of over-indulgence and you can't help but feel the album works as a whole, but none are likely to trouble a future greatest hits package.