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.

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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“Druthers.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/druthers. Accessed 14 Jul. 2020.

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US, informal : the power or opportunity to choose

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