dratted

[ drat-id ]
/ ˈdræt ɪd /

adjective

damned; confounded (used as a mild oath): This dratted car won't start.

Nearby words

  1. drapery,
  2. drapes,
  3. drappie,
  4. drastic,
  5. drat,
  6. drau,
  7. draught,
  8. draughtboard,
  9. draughts,
  10. draughtsman

Origin of dratted

First recorded in 1855–60; drat + -ed2

drat

[ drat ]
/ dræt /

verb (used with object), drat·ted, drat·ting.

to damn; confound: Drat your interference.

interjection

(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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British Dictionary definitions for dratted

dratted

/ (ˈdrætɪd) /

adjective

(prenominal) informal wretched; annoying

drat

/ (dræt) /

interjection

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 dratted

drat

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

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