\ ˈdraf-tē How to pronounce drafty (audio) , ˈdräf- \
draftier; draftiest

Definition of drafty

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

Other Words from drafty

draftily \ ˈdraf-​tə-​lē How to pronounce drafty (audio) , ˈdräf-​ \ adverb
draftiness \ ˈdraf-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce drafty (audio) , ˈdräf-​ \ noun

Examples of drafty in a Sentence

The house is very drafty.
Recent Examples on the Web At first, the orchestra performed downtown in the Boston Music Hall, a grand but drafty space that lacked many modern conveniences, and Higginson dreamed of fuller and more permanent things. Jeremy Eichler, BostonGlobe.com, 6 May 2022 The life of a Windsor is one of such drab constraint — endlessly tedious public appearances, gloomy holidays spent in drafty castles — even Brown can’t figure out why Kate would want it. Washington Post, 23 Apr. 2022 In the Bronx fire, residents of the 19-story high-rise said the building's heating worked but some units were drafty. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 11 Jan. 2022 The heat in the building worked, but some units are drafty, Dejesus said. Grace Hauck, USA TODAY, 10 Jan. 2022 If your home tends to be drafty and cold, take a look at our guide on winterizing your home. Matt Jancer, Wired, 12 Jan. 2022 Attached to her bedroom was a drafty porch with wood-slat walls and subtly distorted windows, set into all three sides. Sheila Heti, Harper’s Magazine , 4 Jan. 2022 Frequent collaborators Fonda and Robert Redford play frazzled newlyweds in Gene Saks’s buoyant farce set in a drafty New York apartment. Radhika Seth, Vogue, 21 Dec. 2021 Clean energy experts say weatherizing is crucial before converting to electric heat, especially in states like Massachusetts, with its cold climate and stock of old, drafty homes. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, 3 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of drafty

1846, in the meaning defined above

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“Drafty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drafty. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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\ ˈdraf-tē How to pronounce drafty (audio) , ˈdräf- \
draftier; draftiest

Kids Definition of drafty

: having usually cool air moving through


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