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[draf-tee, drahf-] /ˈdræf ti, ˈdrɑf-/
adjective, draftier, draftiest.
characterized by or admitting currents of air, usually uncomfortable.
Origin of drafty
1840-50; draft + -y1
Related forms
draftily, adverb
draftiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for drafty
  • It even spot-heated my legs, which were under a drafty window, without making the whole bed overly toasty.
  • For another, tapestries helped take the edge off the cold in large, drafty spaces.
  • If you live in a drafty house, you're only too aware of the energy being lost through the walls and windows.
  • It is also wet and drafty, considerations that should give pause to anyone planning to rent during the off-season.
  • And few of us have a few grand lying around to replace our drafty old windows.
  • Those drafty barns, however, are perfect homes for yaks.
  • Friends and family despair as a once promising life is wasted on dead-end jobs and long nights by the candle in a drafty garret.
  • For poor families, especially those on fixed incomes, a drafty house can eat up a large chunk of their income in the winter.
  • Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.
  • Use foam or plastic gaskets to insulate drafty electrical outlets along exterior walls.
British Dictionary definitions for drafty


adjective draftier, draftiest
the usual US spelling of draughty
Derived Forms
draftily, adverb
draftiness, noun


adjective draughtier, draughtiest (US) draftier, draftiest
characterized by or exposed to draughts of air
Derived Forms
draughtily, (US) draftily, adverb
draughtiness, (US) draftiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for drafty

1580s, from draft + -y (2). Related: Draftiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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