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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).

DRACHLE, n. and v. Also †draghle. [drɑxl]

1. n. “One who is slow in doing any thing, who moves as if dragging himself along” (Slk. 1825 Jam.2; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Also †drechle (Watson).

2. v. Found only in ppl.adj. drachling, draghling, slow, lazy, easy-going.Sc. 1756 M. Calderwood Journey (M.C.) 117:
Of all the draghling, odd-like things ever I saw, she is the first.
Lnk. 1886 J. Stewart Twa Elders 2:
I'd better want ye — drachling boddie, Ye're guid for nocht but drinking toddy.

[Prob. imit. in origin, influenced by Dauchled, drawl, Trachle, etc.]

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