- to damn; confound: Drat your interference.
- (used to express mild disgust, disappointment, or the like): Drat, there goes another button off my shirt.
Origin of drat
First recorded in 1805–15; alteration of (o)d rot God rot (i.e., may God rot him, her, it)
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Examples from the Web for drat
They mixes up alum, and bone-dust, and plaster of Paris, and—Drat that door!The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
I've had it every year since it became the fashion, drat it!Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge
"Drat Terra and everything and everybody on it," Temple said, vigorously.Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
One way, you can't blame 'em for looking at it so, drat 'em!Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
Drat the thing, I wish it were done, or that I had no other writing to do.The Letters Of Mark Twain, Volume 2, 1867-1875
Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
- slang an exclamation of annoyance (also in the phrases drat it! drat you! etc)
C19: probably alteration of God rot
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Word Origin and History for drat
1815, disguised form of exclamation God rot (something or someone).
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