1150-1200;Middle Englishdraht (cognate with Dutchdracht,GermanTracht,Old Norsedrāttr); akin to Old Englishdragan to draw, drōht a pull (at the oars)
Can be confused
draft, draught, drought (see pronunciation note at the current entry)
Draught is a variant spelling of draft and is normally pronounced the same way, as
[draft] /dræft/ (Show IPA) 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.
[chek-er] /ˈtʃɛk ər/
a small, usually red or black disk of plastic or wood, used in playing checkers.
Also called, British, draughts. (used with a singular verb) a game played by two persons, each with 12 playing pieces, on a checkerboard.
(in a regenerative furnace) loosely stacked brickwork through which furnace gases and incoming air are passed in turn, so that the heat of the exhaust is absorbed and later transferred to the incoming air.
early 14c., "a chessboard," aphetic of O.Fr. eschekier "chessboard," from M.L. scaccarium (see check). British prefers chequer, but the U.S. form is more authentic. Checkered "marked like a chessboard" is from late 15c.
c.1200, from O.E. *dreaht, *dræht, related to dragan "to draw, drag" (see drag). Oldest sense besides that of "pulling" is of "drinking;" meaning "current of air" ("drawn" through an opening) is 18c. It retains the functions that did not branch off with draft.
British name for the tabletop game that in U.S. is checkers, c.1400, from draught.