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

Origin of drafty

First recorded in 1840–50; draft + -y1
Related formsdraft·i·ly, adverbdraft·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for drafty

blustery, stormy, brisk, boisterous, gusty, windswept, airy, crisp, freezing, breezy, icy, frosty, wintry, cool, uncluttered, sharp, arctic, icebox, blowing, fresh

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Contemporary Examples of drafty

Historical Examples of drafty

  • The first is healthy so far as pure air is concerned, but drafty and uncomfortable.

    Rural Hygiene

    Henry N. Ogden

  • Babies should not be allowed to sit or play on cold, drafty floors.

    The Mother and Her Child

    William S. Sadler

  • So drafty was the entrance that no candle would stay lighted.

    The Purple Flame

    Roy J. Snell

  • The room was drafty and barren except for one long table and benches.

    The Cry at Midnight

    Mildred A. Wirt

  • The lodge was cold and drafty, and as he was without a robe he began to shiver violently.

    Spotted Deer

    Elmer Gregor

British Dictionary definitions for drafty


adjective draftier or draftiest
  1. the usual US spelling of draughty
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Derived Formsdraftily, adverbdraftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drafty


1580s, from draft + -y (2). Related: Draftiness.

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