- damned; confounded (used as a mild oath): This dratted car won't start.
Origin of dratted
- 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 dratted
If they want to collect that dratted pledge of theirs, let them put me where I can make it.Police Your Planet
Lester del Rey
Old Perkins has no more love for style than I have for his dratted poor kin.Pen Pictures
B. F. Craig
"Something seems to have broken in the dratted thing," he said.Affinities and Other Stories
Mary Roberts Rinehard
"And none of they dratted bones, neither," said William, with emphasis.Ravenshoe
It was indeed hard, but everyone in Kent says 'dratted' when they are cross.The Wouldbegoods
- (prenominal) informal wretched; annoying
- 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 dratted
1815, disguised form of exclamation God rot (something or someone).
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