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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Related Words for drattingdoggone, dang, curse, darn, excoriate, expel, abuse, confound, slam, blaspheme, castigate, anathematize, penalize, imprecate, doom, sentence, proscribe, attack, convict, jinx
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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1815, disguised form of exclamation God rot (something or someone).
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