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  1. (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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Historical Examples of drat

  • They mixes up alum, and bone-dust, and plaster of Paris, and—Drat that door!

    The Channings

    Mrs. Henry Wood

  • I've had it every year since it became the fashion, drat it!

    Miss Pat at Artemis Lodge

    Pemberton Ginther

  • "Drat Terra and everything and everybody on it," Temple said, vigorously.

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • One way, you can't blame 'em for looking at it so, drat 'em!

    Still Jim

    Honor Willsie Morrow

  • Drat the thing, I wish it were done, or that I had no other writing to do.

British Dictionary definitions for drat


  1. slang an exclamation of annoyance (also in the phrases drat it! drat you! etc)

Word Origin for drat

C19: probably alteration of God rot
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Word Origin and History for drat

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

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