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From Middle English drawen, dra?en, dragen, from Old English dragan (to draw, drag, pull), from Proto-West Germanic *dragan, from Proto-Germanic *dragan?, from Proto-Indo-European *d?reg?- (to draw, pull).


  • (UK) IPA(key): /d???/
Rhymes: -??
Homophone: drawer (UK)
  • (US) IPA(key): /d??/
  • (cotcaught merger) IPA(key): /d??/


draw (third-person singular simple present draws, present participle drawing, simple past drew, past participle drawn or (colloquial and nonstandard) drew)

  1. To move or develop something.
    1. To sketch; depict with lines; to produce a picture with pencil, crayon, chalk, etc. on paper, cardboard, etc.
      • 1774, Oliver Goldsmith, Retaliation
        A flattering painter who made it his care / To draw men as they ought to be, not as they are.
    2. To deduce or infer.
    3. (intransitive, transitive, of drinks, especially tea) To steep, leave temporarily so as to allow the flavour to increase.
    4. (transitive) To take or procure from a place of deposit; to call for and receive from a fund, etc.
    5. To take into the lungs; to inhale.
      • Serene, smiling, enigmatic, she faced him with no fear whatever showing in her dark eyes. [] She put back a truant curl from her forehead where it had sought egress to the world, and looked him full in the face now, drawing a deep breath which caused the round of her bosom to lift the lace at her throat.
      • 1979, Monty Python, Always Look on the Bright Side of Life
        So always look on the bright side of death / Just before you draw your terminal breath
    6. (used with prepositions and adverbs) To move; to come or go.
    7. To approach, come to, or arrive at a point in time or a process.
    8. (transitive) To obtain from some cause or origin; to infer from evidence or reasons; to deduce from premises; to derive.
      • 1790, Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
        We do not draw the moral lessons we might from history.
    9. (transitive, obsolete) To withdraw.
    10. (archaic) To draw up (a document).
  2. To exert or experience force.
    1. (transitive) To drag, pull.
      • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot, Chapter VIII
        Lys shuddered, and I put my arm around her and drew her to me; and thus we sat throughout the hot night. She told me of her abduction and of the fright she had undergone, and together we thanked God that she had come through unharmed, because the great brute had dared not pause along the danger-infested way.
      • At the last moment Mollie, the foolish, pretty white mare who drew Mr. Jones's trap, came mincing daintily in, chewing at a lump of sugar.
    2. (intransitive) To pull; to exert strength in drawing anything; to have force to move anything by pulling.
    3. To pull out, unsheathe (as a gun from a holster, or a tooth).
    4. To undergo the action of pulling or dragging.
    5. (archery) To pull back the bowstring and its arrow in preparation for shooting.
    6. (of curtains, etc.) To close.
    7. (of curtains, etc.) To open.
    8. (card games) To take the top card of a deck into hand.
  3. (fluidic) To remove or separate or displace.
    1. To extract a liquid, or cause a liquid to come out, primarily water or blood.
      • The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep.
      • 1705, George Cheyne, Philosophical Principles of Religion Natural and Revealed
        Spirits, by distillations, may be drawn out of vegetable juices, which shall flame and fume of themselves.
    2. To drain by emptying; to suck dry.
      • 1705, Richard Wiseman, Tumours, Gun Shot Wounds, &c.
        Sucking and drawing the breast dischargeth the milk as fast as it can be generated.
    3. (figuratively) To extract; to force out; to elicit; to derive.
    4. To sink in water; to require a depth for floating.
    5. (intransitive, medicine, dated) To work as an epispastic; said of a blister, poultice, etc.
    6. (intransitive) To have a draught; to transmit smoke, gases, etc.
    7. (analogous) To consume, for example, power.
  4. To change in size or shape.
    1. To extend in length; to lengthen; to protract; to stretch.
      • 1874, John Richard Green, A Short History of the English People
        the huge Offa's dike which he drew from the mouth of Wye to that of Dee
    2. (intransitive) To become contracted; to shrink.
  5. To attract or be attracted.
    1. To attract.
    2. To induce (a reticent person) to speak.
    3. (hunting) To search for game.
      • 1928, Siegfried Sassoon, Memoirs of a Fox-Hunting Man, Penguin 2013, p.87:
        On one of my expeditions, after a stormy night, at the end of March, the hounds drew all day without finding a fox.
    4. To cause.
    5. (intransitive) To exert an attractive force; (figuratively) to act as an inducement or enticement.
      • 1626, Francis Bacon, Sylva Sylvarum, Or, A Naturall Historie. In Ten Centuries
        These following bodies do not draw: smaragd, achates, corneolus, pearl, jaspis, chalcedonius, alabaster, porphyry, coral, marble, touchstone, haematites, or bloodstone []
      • Keep a watch upon the particular bias which nature has fixed in their minds, that it may not draw too much.
  6. (usually as draw on or draw upon) To rely on; utilize as a source.
    • January 19 1782, Benjamin Franklin, letter to John Jay
      but I would have you draw on me for a Quarter at present which shall be paid
  7. To disembowel.
    • 1709, William King, The Art of Cookery
      In private draw your poultry, clean your tripe.
  8. (transitive or intransitive) To end a game in a draw (with neither side winning).
  9. To choose by means of a random selection process.
    1. To select by the drawing of lots.
      • 1784, Edward Augustus Freeman, An essay on parliamentary representation, and the magistracies of our boroughs royal: []
        Provided magistracies were filled by men freely chosen or drawn.
      • 1859, Charles Dickens, The Haunted House
        In the drawing of lots, my sister drew her own room, and I drew Master B.'s.
    2. (transitive) To win in a lottery or similar game of chance.
    3. (poker) To trade in cards for replacements in draw poker games; to attempt to improve one's hand with future cards. See also draw out.
  10. (curling) To make a shot that lands gently in the house (the circular target) without knocking out other stones.
  11. (cricket) To play (a short-length ball directed at the leg stump) with an inclined bat so as to deflect the ball between the legs and the wicket.
  12. (golf) To hit (the ball) with the toe of the club so that it is deflected toward the left.
  13. (billiards) To strike (the cue ball) below the center so as to give it a backward rotation which causes it to take a backward direction on striking another ball.

Derived terms



draw (countable and uncountable, plural draws)

  1. The result of a contest that neither side has won; a tie.
    The game ended in a draw.
  2. The procedure by which the result of a lottery is determined.
    The draw is on Saturday.
  3. Something that attracts e.g. a crowd.
    • 2012, Christoper Zara, Tortured Artists: From Picasso and Monroe to Warhol and Winehouse, the Twisted Secrets of the World's Most Creative Minds, part 1, chapter 1, 27:
      After It, Clara became one of the top box-office draws in Hollywood, but her popularity was short lived.
  4. (cricket) The result of a two-innings match in which at least one side did not complete all their innings before time ran out (as distinguished from a tie).
  5. (golf) A golf shot that (for the right-handed player) curves intentionally to the left. See hook, slice, fade.
  6. (curling) A shot that is intended to land gently in the house (the circular target) without knocking out other stones; cf. takeout.
  7. (geography) A dry stream bed that drains surface water only during periods of heavy rain or flooding.
    • 1918, Willa Cather, My Ántonia, Mirado Modern Classics, paperback edition, page 15
      The garden, curiously enough, was a quarter of a mile from the house, and the way to it led up a shallow draw past the cattle corral.
  8. (slang, countable) A bag of cannabis.
    • 2011, Yvonne Ellis, Daughter, Arise: A Journey from Devastation to Restoration (page 54)
      So my friends and I would all chip in money to get a bag of weed or a draw.
  9. (slang, uncountable) Cannabis.
    • 2017, Michael Coleman, Old Skool Rave (page 139)
      Mick spoke to Simon, who was more of a drinker. He said that people who smoked draw were boring.
  10. In a commission-based job, an advance on future (potential) commissions given to an employee by the employer.
  11. (poker) A situation in which one or more players has four cards of the same suit or four out of five necessary cards for a straight and requires a further card to make their flush or straight.
  12. (archery) The act of pulling back the strings in preparation of firing.
  13. (sports) The spin or twist imparted to a ball etc. by a drawing stroke.


  • (The result of a contest in which neither side has won): stalemate
  • (dry stream bed that drains water during periods of heavy precipitation): dry creek

Derived terms



  • draw at OneLook Dictionary Search


  • -ward, Ward, ward



Related to Breton treu, Old Breton dydreu, didreu.


  • (North Wales) IPA(key): /dra?u?/
  • (South Wales) IPA(key): /drau?/



  1. there, yonder, beyond
    Synonyms: acw, hwnt
  2. over

Usage notes

This adverb, originally the a soft-mutated form of traw, is found almost exclusively as unmutatable draw today except in literary contexts where forms such as aspirate-mutated thraw may be encountered.

Derived terms

  • draw fama (over here)
  • draw fan hyn (over here)
  • draw fanna (over there)
  • draw ’na (over there)
  • mas draw (exceedingly)
  • ochr draw (other side, far side)
  • pen draw (far end, limit)
  • trwyddo draw (through and through)
  • tu draw (beyond)

Further reading

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “draw”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies

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drawl +? -y


  • (UK, US) IPA(key): /?d???.li/


drawly (comparative drawlier, superlative drawliest)

  1. (of a voice) Having a drawling sound.

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