AskDefine | Define drawl

Dictionary Definition

drawl n : a slow speech pattern with prolonged vowels v : lengthen and slow down or draw out; "drawl one's vowels"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • (US): /dɹɒːl/
  • (paragon): /ʤɹɑːw/
  • (UK): /drɔːl/


  1. a way of speaking slowly while lengthening vowel sounds and running words together. (characteristic of some southern US accents)



  1. to speak with a drawl.


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Extensive Definition

A drawl is a perceived feature of some varieties of spoken English, and generally indicates longer vowel sounds and/or diphthongs. Varieties of English which are said to feature pronounced drawls include Southern American English and Australian English, especially Broad Australian English.
The Southern Drawl, or the diphthongization or triphthongization of the traditional short front vowels as in the words pat, pet, and pit: these develop a glide up from their original starting position to [j], and then in some cases back down to schwa.
/æ/ → [æjə]
/ɛ/ → [ɛjə]
/ɪ/ → [ɪjə]


English in the Southern United States

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