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verb (used with object), drat·ted, drat·ting.
  1. to damn; confound: Drat your interference.
  1. (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

Historical Examples

  • 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

    Pemberton Ginther

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for drat


  1. slang an exclamation of annoyance (also in the phrases drat it! drat you! etc)

Word Origin

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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