from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Drawn in or inward: an indrawn gasp.
  • adj. Introverted; withdrawn: "Her psychiatrist had pronounced her too tense and indrawn to endure a strange teacher” ( Louis Auchincloss).

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  • adj. Having been drawn in.
  • adj. Quiet, introspective.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Drawn in.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Drawn in; introverted; manifesting or indicative of mental abstraction or introspection: as, an indrawn look.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. tending to reserve or introspection


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  • The eyes, slow of movement and heavy-lidded, were almost expressionless under the shaggy, indrawn brows.


  • It was those weeping indrawn breaths that got you, ripping away your composure the way a crying baby summons panic, some involuntary response to the sound of another human body in anguish.

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  • Such innocence between anticipation and disappointment, a pale expanse of yielding flesh, an indrawn breath, the impossibility of discerning what to hope for.


  • "Everything was withdrawn as far as possible,/indrawn: the tide far out, the ocean shrunken,/seabirds in ones or twos".

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  • I guarantee they will cause inner reflection, a hearty laugh or an indrawn breath of utter truth.

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  • “Omigod,” he heard her whisper on an indrawn breath, which was quickly followed by a strangled hiccup.

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  • Nick started slightly, his cut-short hair prickling under her fingertips, and then she completely lost her mind, because she suddenly had both hands in his hair and was pulling his head down to catch the part of his lips, his tiny indrawn breath.

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  • Neil calculated that he had no more than two steps to go to reach the flat stone of the cellar floor when a sound—the faintest of scuffles, an indrawn breath—behind him caused every muscle in his body to tense.


  • There were indrawn breaths and murmurs of fright and warning as the others saw the men.


  • In many ways this book is the indrawn breath after the shocks of A Storm of Swords.

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