from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See drafty.
  • See drafty.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Pertaining to a draught, or current of air.

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  • adjective Alternative spelling of drafty.

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  • adjective not airtight


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  • Just as much as anyone else, he should be prepared to deliver lectures in draughty halls, to chalk pavements, to canvass voters, to distribute leaflets, even to fight in civil wars if it seems necessary.

    Writers and Leviathan 1948

  • He was willing to work for Socialism, even to deliver lectures on it in draughty halls, and he knew that it was both necessary and inevitable, but it is doubtful whether he subjectively wanted it.

    As I Please 1944

  • She is fire in his blood, and a thunder of trumpets; her voice is beyond all music in his ears; and she can shake his soul that else stands steadfast in the draughty presence of the Titans of the Light and of the Dark.

    Chapter 21 2010

  • If you're a novelist in 2010, there's no avoiding Kureishi's "cabaret": the rickety podium or the draughty festival tent.

    The Booker prize is just another flea circus for writers Robert McCrum 2010

  • So strong was the play-instinct in him, as well as was his constitution strong, that he continually outplayed Scraps to abject weariness, so that he could only lie on the deck and pant and laugh through air-draughty lips and dab futilely in the air with weak forepaws at Michael's continued ferocious-acted onslaughts.

    CHAPTER XI 2010

  • I found myself neglected, out there on top the draughty house, while

    CHAPTER XV 2010

  • Well do I remember the damp and draughty evening, shivering without overcoats because we could not afford them, that Louis and I started out to select our saloon.

    Chapter 19 2010

  • Today, in the absence of trains, he would have to spend it on the platform, where he might well have noticed it, and where working on a new score might have proved more problematic if not draughty.

    Belshazzar's Feast; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra Christmas project – review 2011

  • It is a large and draughty and variegated piece of water.


  • In what felt like no time at all, we had arrived and entered the somewhat draughty Upper Hall with its rather interesting artwork on the wall, a floor to ceiling spiral of golden handprints, which is a lot better than some of the weird and wonderful stuff a previous modern-art-loving Master installed, including a huge wooden dinosaur in the grounds.

    The Office Party « Tales from the Reading Room 2009


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