Definition of indrawn in English:


Pronunciation /ˈinˌdrôn/ /ˈɪnˌdrɔn/


  • 1attributive (of breath) taken in.

    ‘she heard the swift indrawn breath of surprise’
    • ‘A long, indrawn breath, hissingly let out in surprise.’
    • ‘He heard her indrawn breath, and suddenly the flashing lights in front of his eyes dimmed, and the inexorable pounding behind his left eye receded into the night.’
    • ‘I heard Karl's indrawn breath, I looked back at him; his fists were clenched and his face was red, although in pain or anger I could not tell.’
    • ‘With a harsh indrawn breath, I jackknife to a sitting position.’
    • ‘He stared, motionless, and then he saw it: the almost imperceptible movement of an indrawn breath.’
    • ‘With a prayer for her father's safety and an indrawn breath, she began.’
    • ‘The bundle shifted slightly, and Diana noted with indrawn breath she was trembling.’
    • ‘With an indrawn breath she reverently slid the priceless parchment from its resting place.’
    • ‘A dead silence falls, broken only by a sharply indrawn breath of someone who has had their worst suspicions confirmed.’
    • ‘For a moment she could hear his indrawn breath, then he reached around her and took the rains.’
    • ‘Sterile silence, apart from a sharp indrawn breath from his own lungs every so often.’
    • ‘I hear a sharp indrawn breath and I look away from inside myself to see Sam looking anaemic, her colour is so pale.’
    • ‘That new medication she had received for her moods helped most of the time, but sometimes, it just made her even more indrawn.’
    • ‘Jenny ran fingertips across the indrawn cheeks, so lifeless and clammy.’
    • ‘With a powerful yank and a deep indrawn hiss, another of the pieces gave way.’
  • 2(of a person) shy and introspective.

    ‘A little bit, like I say, generally people are becoming a little bit more indrawn, but most people are travelling very well.’
    • ‘Diedre was rather indrawn, and had a problem connecting on a personal level.’
    • ‘I am an indrawn person, but I like making friends with people.’
    shy, reserved, withdrawn, reticent, diffident, retiring, quiet, timid, timorous, meek, bashful, unsociable