Nearby words

  1. drappie,
  2. drastic,
  3. drat,
  4. dratted,
  5. drau,
  6. draughtboard,
  7. draughts,
  8. draughtsman,
  9. draughty,
  10. drava

Origin of draught

1150–1200; Middle English draht (cognate with Dutch dracht, German Tracht, Old Norse drāttr); akin to Old English dragan to draw, drōht a pull (at the oars)

Related formsdraught·er, nounun·der·draught, noun

Can be confuseddraft draught drought (see pronunciation note at the current entry)

Pronunciation note

Draught is a variant spelling of draft and is normally pronounced the same way, as [draft] /dræft/ or [drahft] /drɑft/ or with a vowel somewhere between [a] /æ/ and [ah] /ɑ/. A pronunciation [drawt] /drɔt/ is sometimes heard for draught, perhaps because -aught is frequently pronounced [-awt] /-ɔt/ elsewhere, as in caught and taught.


[draft, drahft]


a drawing, sketch, or design.
a first or preliminary form of any writing, subject to revision, copying, etc.
act of drawing; delineation.
a current of air in any enclosed space, especially in a room, chimney, or stove.
a current of air moving in an upward or downward direction.
a device for regulating the current of air in a stove, fireplace, etc.
an act of drawing or pulling loads.
something that is drawn or pulled; a haul.
an animal or team of animals used to pull a load.
the force required to pull a load.
the taking of supplies, forces, money, etc., from a given source.
a selection or drawing of persons, by lot or otherwise, from the general body of the people for military service; levy; conscription.
the persons so selected.
Sports. a selecting or drawing of new players from a choice group of amateur players by professional teams, especially a system of selecting new players so that each team in a professional league receives some of the most promising players.
British. a selection of persons already in military service to be sent from one post or organization to another; detachment.
a written order drawn by one person upon another; a writing directing the payment of money on account of the drawer; bill of exchange.
a drain or demand made on anything.
an act of drinking or inhaling.
something that is taken in by drinking or inhaling; a drink; dose.
a quantity of fish caught.
Nautical. the depth to which a vessel is immersed when bearing a given load.
Also called leave. Metallurgy. the slight taper given to a pattern so that it may be drawn from the sand without injury to the mold.
  1. the change in sectional area of a piece of work caused by a rolling or drawing operation.
  2. a taper on a die or punch permitting it to be withdrawn readily from the work.
Masonry. a line or border chiseled at the edge of a stone, to serve as a guide in leveling the surfaces.
  1. the degree of attenuation produced in fibers during yarn processing, expressed either by the ratio of the weight of raw to the weight of processed fiber, or by the ratio between the varying surface speeds of the rollers on the carding machine.
  2. the act of attenuating the fibers.
an allowance granted to a buyer for waste of goods sold by weight.

verb (used with object)

to draw the outlines or plan of; sketch.
to draw up in written form; compose.
to draw or pull.
to take or select by draft, especially for military service.
Masonry. to cut a draft on.

verb (used without object)

to do mechanical drawing; work as a draftsman.
(in an automobile race) to drive or ride close behind another car so as to benefit from the reduction in air pressure created behind the car ahead.


used or suited for drawing loads: a draft horse.
drawn or available to be drawn from a cask rather than served from a sealed bottle: draft ale.
being a tentative or preliminary outline, version, design, or sketch.
Also especially British, draught (for defs 1, 3–10, 18–25, 28–33, 35–38).

Origin of draft

later spelling of draught (since 16th century)

Related forms
Can be confuseddraft draught Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for draughted

British Dictionary definitions for draughted



a plan, sketch, or drawing of something
a preliminary outline of a book, speech, etc
another word for bill of exchange
a demand or drain on something
the divergent duct leading from a water turbine to its tailrace
US selection for compulsory military service
detachment of military personnel from one unit to another
commerce an allowance on merchandise sold by weight
a line or narrow border that is chiselled on the surface of a stone to serve as a guide for levelling it
Australian and NZ a group of livestock separated from the rest of the herd or flock

verb (tr)

to draw up an outline or sketch for somethingto draft a speech
to prepare a plan or design of
to detach (military personnel) from one unit to another
mainly US to select for compulsory military service
to chisel a draft on (stone, etc)
Australian and NZ
  1. to select (cattle or sheep) from a herd or flock
  2. to select (farm stock) for sale

noun, verb

Derived Formsdrafter, noun

Word Origin for draft

C16: variant of draught


US draft


a current of air, esp one intruding into an enclosed space
  1. the act of pulling a load, as by a vehicle or animal
  2. (as modifier)a draught horse
the load or quantity drawn
a portion of liquid to be drunk, esp a dose of medicine
the act or an instance of drinking; a gulp or swallow
the act or process of drawing air, smoke, etc, into the lungs
the amount of air, smoke, etc, inhaled in one breath
  1. beer, wine, etc, stored in bulk, esp in a cask, as opposed to being bottled
  2. (as modifier)draught beer
  3. on draughtdrawn from a cask or keg
Also called: draughtsman any one of the 12 flat thick discs used by each player in the game of draughtsUS and Canadian equivalent: checker
the depth of a loaded vessel in the water, taken from the level of the waterline to the lowest point of the hull
feel the draught to be short of money
See also draughts

Derived Formsdraughter or US drafter, noun

Word Origin for draught

C14: probably from Old Norse drahtr, of Germanic origin; related to draw

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Word Origin and History for draughted
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Medicine definitions for draughted




A measured portion of a liquid or aerosol medication; a dose.

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Culture definitions for draughted


A preliminary version of a book, speech, essay, or outline.


A system for selecting young men for compulsory military service, administered in the United States by the Selective Service System. At present the United States relies on a volunteer military and does not have a draft, though young men are required by law to register with the Selective Service. (See also conscientious objector and draft dodger.)

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