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[drat-id] /ˈdræt ɪd/
damned; confounded (used as a mild oath):
This dratted car won't start.
Origin of dratted
First recorded in 1855-60; drat + -ed2


[drat] /dræt/
verb (used with object), dratted, dratting.
to damn; confound:
Drat your interference.
(used to express mild disgust, disappointment, or the like):
Drat, there goes another button off my shirt.
First recorded in 1805-15; alteration of (o)d rot God rot (i.e., may God rot him, her, it) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dratted
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  • 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.


    Henry Kingsley
  • It was indeed hard, but everyone in Kent says 'dratted' when they are cross.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • It was indeed hard, but every one in Kent says "dratted" when they are cross.

    The Wouldbegoods E. Nesbit
  • And now, for him to go into that dratted Horned Ram with his wages!

    Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles Mrs. Henry Wood
  • "Oh, I don't know as you are so dratted poor," said Sinton meditatively.

    A Girl Of The Limberlost Gene Stratton Porter
  • You don't even know what a dratted, useless thing you be, I swan!

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
  • I never did see such a Jonah of an old tub as that dratted schooner!

    Sheila of Big Wreck Cove James A. Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for dratted


(prenominal) (informal) wretched; annoying


(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 dratted


1815, disguised form of exclamation God rot (something or someone).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for dratted



Cursed; awful: that dratted girl (1845+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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