plural noun
druth·​ers | \ ˈdrə-t͟hərz How to pronounce druthers (audio) \

Definition of druthers

: free choice : preference used especially in the phrase if one had one's druthers

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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.

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Recent Examples on the Web If Peter DeBoer had his druthers, the Vegas Golden Knights coach would roll his regular four lines and rely on his team's depth to score. Randy Johnson, Star Tribune, 18 May 2021 Given their druthers, the Spurs would prefer to enter any kind of extra game soaring instead of sliding. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 5 May 2021 Given their druthers, at least a couple of his should-be peers bound for Atlanta would just as soon skip it all, too. Mike Finger, San Antonio Express-News, 25 Feb. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'druthers.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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First Known Use of druthers

1870, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for druthers

druther, alteration of would rather

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The first known use of druthers was in 1870

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“Druthers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/druthers. Accessed 24 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of druthers

US, informal : the power or opportunity to choose

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