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verb (used with object), drat·ted, drat·ting.
  1. to damn; confound: Drat your interference.
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  1. (used to express mild disgust, disappointment, or the like): Drat, there goes another button off my shirt.
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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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Related Words for drats

doggone, dang, curse, darn, excoriate, expel, abuse, confound, slam, blaspheme, castigate, anathematize, penalize, imprecate, doom, sentence, proscribe, attack, convict, jinx

British Dictionary definitions for drats


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

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


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

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