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drafty

[draf-tee, drahf-] /ˈdræf ti, ˈdrɑf-/
adjective, draftier, draftiest.
1.
characterized by or admitting currents of air, usually uncomfortable.
Also, especially British, draughty.
Origin of drafty
1840-1850
First recorded in 1840-50; draft + -y1
Related forms
draftily, adverb
draftiness, noun
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  • The first is healthy so far as pure air is concerned, but drafty and uncomfortable.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • Babies should not be allowed to sit or play on cold, drafty floors.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • So drafty was the entrance that no candle would stay lighted.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • The room was drafty and barren except for one long table and benches.

    The Cry at Midnight Mildred A. Wirt
  • The lodge was cold and drafty, and as he was without a robe he began to shiver violently.

    Spotted Deer Elmer Gregor
  • It will be lots of fun standing out in a drafty hall looking for Amanda while you girls are having a feast.

  • They sat about the fire in the drafty tepee, eating off bits of birch bark.

British Dictionary definitions for drafty

drafty

/ˈdrɑːftɪ/
adjective draftier, draftiest
1.
the usual US spelling of draughty
Derived Forms
draftily, adverb
draftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drafty
adj.

1580s, from draft + -y (2). Related: Draftiness.

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