verb (used with object), drat·ted, drat·ting.
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Origin of drat
Words nearby drat
What does drat mean?
Drat is something you say to express mild frustration, disappointment, or disgust.
Drat is most commonly used as an interjection (something exclaimed to express some kind of emotion). Less commonly, it is used as a verb with a meaning similar to damn, for which it is considered a euphemism (a milder version).
Example: Drat, I lost my phone!
Where does drat come from?
The first records of drat in English come from the early 1800s. It is likely an alteration of the archaic phrase God rot as in God rot you for that, you rapscallion! (Note: If someone ever says this to you, you probably deserved it.)
Despite its origin, drat is used as a mild alternative for damn—much like darn, dang, and doggone. Is it most often used as an interjection, as in Drat, my joints ache or Drat! I’m late! It can also be used as a verb, as in Drat this rain!
To our modern ears, drat sounds old-timey or outdated. If someone were to say those examples above, it’s probably because they’re trying to be a bit funny or ironic.
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How is drat used in real life?
Drat is usually used as an interjection in situations when one is frustrated, though perhaps not so severely.
Oh drat! I’ve done it again! Blissful kitty was slumbering on my bed when foolish me tossed clothes on her because she camouflaged so well with all the other clothes she was on top of. Oh what an awful thing I’ve done! 😔
— Clara Smith (@AestheticGiant) January 19, 2020
Had to reset the app again because notifications were broken and now I'm cursed to see your likes on my feed again. Drat. Drat and zounds.
— ⚔NintendoPowerPenguin🛡 (@indie_grunge) January 16, 2020
Drat! This whiteboard is stuck and won't flip. Oh well – I'll just climb up and muscle it down. Don't worry.
I mean, what's the worst that could happen anyways? 😈 pic.twitter.com/X8o5uliPMM
— Dave Miotke (@SimGuruNinja) January 24, 2020
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Is drat used correctly in the following sentence?
Drat, I just stubbed my toe on the table.
Example sentences from the Web for drat
Drat it, I've been a-reckoning of mackerel all this 'ere time!Suppers|Paul Pierce
In the intervals of gathering brush for the fire and pouring sap into the steaming pan—which still leaked here and there, drat it!In Pastures Green|Peter McArthur
I didn't intend to fall in love with you—Oh, drat my reasons!Kindred of the Dust|Peter B. Kyne
Drat Emme—— No; drat the ship's steward's assistant from the flagship!Pincher Martin, O.D.|H. Taprell Dorling
They sort of flip the threads out, as much as to say, 'Come out of it, drat you.If Winter Comes|A.S.M. Hutchinson