\ˈdraf-tē, ˈdräf-\
draftier; draftiest

Definition of drafty 

: exposed to or abounding in drafts of air a drafty room

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Other Words from drafty

draftily \-tə-lē \ adverb
draftiness \-tē-nəs \ noun

Examples of drafty in a Sentence

The house is very drafty.

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Do yourself a favor and seal up drafty areas before situating your fig. Molly Marquand, Good Housekeeping, "5 Mistakes You’re Making With Your Fiddle-Leaf Fig," 15 Aug. 2016 Sven had long ago moved to Glasgow from Stuttgart, and seemed perfectly at home in this quiet, drafty environment. Sam Lubell, New York Times, "A Glasgow Architect’s Masterpiece Is Damaged, but Not His Magic," 2 July 2018 Somewhere that's not windy or drafty (so away from air vents!), that gets sunlight but doesn't totally bake in the sun, and on top of that, some humidity won't hurt. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "How To Keep A Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree Alive Without Losing Your Mind," 22 June 2018 Until Saturday, most Muni buses have ended or begun their runs on either Beale or Main streets on either side of the Temporary Transbay Terminal, which has been in use since 2010 when the old, gray, drafty Transbay Terminal was demolished. Michael Cabanatuan, SFChronicle.com, "New on Saturday: Muni buses begin using new Transbay Transit Center," 15 June 2018 Gangloff works alone on the second floor of a drafty warehouse building in Astoria, Queens, eight blocks away from a studio occupied by her husband, the painter Benjamin Degen. Anna Furman, New York Times, "In the Studio With an Artist Who Paints in a ‘Color Trance’," 8 May 2018 The drafty spartan gym is quite a contrast to the Enri tennis club, which has couches courtside and cappuccinos at the bar, and even more of a contrast to the center courts of the world where Ostapenko now earns her very good living. New York Times, "Jelena Ostapenko Returns to the French Open a Hero at Home in Latvia," 25 May 2018 Under the rusty corrugated metal roof of this cramp, drafty barn-like structure originated my earliest memories of having a home. Hector De Leon, Houston Chronicle, "For an immigrant child, the meaning of home," 5 Jan. 2018 Original window frames, while beautiful, can be drafty. Mary Beth Klatt, chicagotribune.com, "Forget modern: Some Chicago renters seek vintage apartments stuck in the past," 15 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of drafty

1846, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of drafty

: having cold air moving through in a way that is unpleasant or uncomfortable


\ˈdraf-tē, ˈdräf-\
draftier; draftiest

Kids Definition of drafty

: having usually cool air moving through a drafty hall

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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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