- The definition of long drawn out is something that persists for a very long period of time.
An example of long drawn out is a story that goes on and on, long after the listeners lose interest.
long-drawn-out definition by Webster's New World
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continuing for a long or very long time; prolonged
long-drawn-out definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Greatly extended or protracted; prolonged: a long-drawn-out speech.