\ ˈdraf-tē How to pronounce drafty (audio) , 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 \ 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 Keep the plant away from drafty doors or vents, especially in the winter. Kelly Allen, House Beautiful, "Here's How to Properly Care for an Aloe Vera Plant," 29 Apr. 2021 Soon, these corrugated half-cylinders were transformed into drafty schoolrooms, grocery stores, cafes and shelters. David Reamer, Anchorage Daily News, "How a severe mid-century housing crisis left its mark on Anchorage neighborhoods," 29 Mar. 2021 And one that got ink, declining to accept what a sane person would instantly see as a phone (blue oval): Combing his nose hairs on his way home from Mardi Gras, Ralph suddenly realized why his nether regions were feeling so drafty. Washington Post, "Style Conversational Week 1429: Look again," 25 Mar. 2021 One reason is that those who pay for improvements – landlords or government agencies – often aren’t the ones who directly benefit from living in a less drafty home with cleaner air. Jonathan Levy, The Conversation, "How to improve public health, the environment and racial equity all at once: Upgrade low-income housing," 24 Mar. 2021 Many plants won’t thrive in front of a super-drafty window or over a radiator, even if that’s where your best light is. Alla Katsnelson, SELF, "7 Small Plant-Care Tips for Plant-Challenged People," 16 Dec. 2020 Her school was a sad and drafty place where classrooms were heated by a single charcoal stove. Choe Sang-hun, New York Times, "She Helped South Korea in Its Time of Need. In the Pandemic, It Repaid Her.," 20 Nov. 2020 During the winter months, a portable heater is essential to staying comfortable in many households, whether to keep you warm while tinkering around in the garage or while working from home in a drafty home office. Allen Foster, chicagotribune.com, "De’Longhi Radiator Space Heater review: Can it help you stay comfortable through a cold winter?," 13 Nov. 2020 The garden was a jungle, the windows were drafty, the walls were damp, and the abbot at the time was tired of his job, according to Abbot Choriol. New York Times, "A Stained-Glass Gift, From God and Gerhard Richter," 18 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of drafty

1846, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2021

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“Drafty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drafty. Accessed 12 May. 2021.

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

Kids Definition of drafty

: having usually cool air moving through a drafty hall

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