Definition of druthers
: free choice : preference —used especially in the phrase if one had one's druthers
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Examples of druthers in a sentence
If I had my druthers, I'd stay home tonight.
Did You Know?
Druther is an alteration of "would rather." "Any way you druther have it, that is the way I druther have it," says Huck to Tom in Mark Twain's Tom Sawyer, Detective. This example of metanalysis (the shifting of a sound from one constituent of a phrase to another) had likely been around for some time in everyday speech when Twain put those words in Huck's mouth. By then, in fact, druthers had already become a plural noun, so Tom could reply, "There ain't any druthers about it, Huck Finn; nobody said anything about druthers." Druthers is essentially a dialectal term and it tends to suggest an informality of tone, but in current use it doesn't necessarily suggest a lack of sophistication or education.
Origin and Etymology of druthers
druther, alteration of would rather
First Known Use: 1870
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Definition of druthers for English Language Learners
: the power or opportunity to choose
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