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

Examples of drafty in a Sentence

The house is very drafty.
Recent Examples on the Web Overs are usually bulkier and provide better protection from the elements but tend to be draftier—and, if not adjustable with toggles or cinches, often fit poorly without a helmet. Hayden Carpenter, Outside Online, "The Best Men's Midlayers on the Market Right Now," 11 Apr. 2020 Place the containers in a warm location, about 65 to 75 degrees, for germination; avoid drafty windowsills. Arricca Elin Sansone, Country Living, "Here's When to Start Seeds Indoors, and How to Start the Process," 4 Feb. 2020 Black and White were shown to a drafty stone room in the basement that smelled of dust and old cardboard. Debbie Cenziper, Washington Post, "The Mystery of the Trawniki Nazis," 23 Jan. 2020 Inside the bare-bones offices, located in a former warehouse, more than 100 young engineers worked in a drafty open-plan space, some wearing winter coats for extra warmth. Washington Post, "The next China trade battle could be over electric cars," 16 Jan. 2020 My father’s apartment, a drafty set of rooms with ceilings so high that my mother felt exposed, was a block from Symphony Hall. Longreads, "Jersey Girl," 2 Jan. 2020 The DeWalt is an extremely powerful and robust heater designed for drafty areas, like construction sites and buildings under renovation. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "The Best Space Heaters for Warming Up the Office, Garage, or Home," 16 Oct. 2019 The original wooden windows and French doors were rotting and fitted with drafty, single-pane glass. New York Times, "Follow Every Step of a Major Midcentury Modern Renovation," 20 Dec. 2019 Through all the external turmoil, Elizabeth is relatively untouched, focused on family affairs, surrounded by her corgis, walking through rooms in the drafty palace. Rachel Syme, The New Republic, "The Dramatic Detachment of The Crown," 12 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of drafty

1846, in the meaning defined above

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17 May 2020

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“Drafty.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drafty. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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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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