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[draf-tee, drahf-] /ˈdræf ti, ˈdrɑf-/
adjective, draftier, draftiest.
characterized by or admitting currents of air, usually uncomfortable.
Also, especially British, draughty.
Origin of drafty
First recorded in 1840-50; draft + -y1
Related forms
draftily, adverb
draftiness, noun Unabridged
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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


adjective draftier, draftiest
the usual US spelling of draughty
Derived Forms
draftily, adverb
draftiness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for drafty

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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