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

Origin of dratted

First recorded in 1855–60; drat + -ed2



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

to damn; confound: Drat your interference.


(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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Examples from the Web for dratted

Historical Examples of dratted

  • If they want to collect that dratted pledge of theirs, let them put me where I can make it.

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    Lester del Rey

  • Old Perkins has no more love for style than I have for his dratted poor kin.

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    B. F. Craig

  • "Something seems to have broken in the dratted thing," he said.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehard

  • "And none of they dratted bones, neither," said William, with emphasis.


    Henry Kingsley

  • It was indeed hard, but everyone in Kent says 'dratted' when they are cross.

British Dictionary definitions for dratted



(prenominal) informal wretched; annoying



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


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

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