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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
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Babies should not be allowed to sit or play on cold, drafty floors.

    The Mother and Her Child William S. Sadler
  • The first is healthy so far as pure air is concerned, but drafty and uncomfortable.

    Rural Hygiene Henry N. Ogden
  • The lodge was cold and drafty, and as he was without a robe he began to shiver violently.

    Spotted Deer Elmer Gregor
  • So drafty was the entrance that no candle would stay lighted.

    The Purple Flame Roy J. Snell
  • His head was already aching from the wine and he did not feel comfortable in the drafty old building.

    The Lamp That Went Out Augusta Groner
  • It will be lots of fun standing out in a drafty hall looking for Amanda while you girls are having a feast.

  • What with Christmas only two days away, and a lot of shopping to be done, I can't linger in this drafty station for thanks.

    Seven Keys to Baldpate Earl Derr Biggers
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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