[ draf-tee, drahf- ]
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adjective,draft·i·er, draft·i·est.
  1. characterized by or admitting currents of air, usually uncomfortable.

Origin of drafty

First recorded in 1840–50; draft + -y1
  • Also especially British, draught·y .

Other words from drafty

  • draft·i·ly, adverb
  • draft·i·ness, noun

Words Nearby drafty

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How to use drafty in a sentence

  • Our older rental is drafty, has an older operating system, etc.

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  • He knelt on the drafty hearth, placed the bag of gold beside his knee, and thrust both arms into the black maw of the chimney.

    The Harbor Master | Theodore Goodridge Roberts
  • It had been built in Elizabethan times and was cold, drafty and uncomfortable, with not one modern convenience.

  • Nothing is more uncomfortable in winter than cold and drafty floors.

    If You're Going to Live in the Country | Thomas H. Ormsbee and Richmond Huntley
  • His head was already aching from the wine and he did not feel comfortable in the drafty old building.

    The Lamp That Went Out | Augusta Groner
  • He got houses mended, having rails put on leaking roofs, and Indian mats hung over drafty huts.

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British Dictionary definitions for drafty


/ (ˈdrɑːftɪ) /

adjectivedraftier or draftiest
  1. the usual US spelling of draughty

Derived forms of drafty

  • draftily, adverb
  • draftiness, noun

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