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