from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Having or exposed to drafts of air.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Characterized by gusts of wind; windy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. not airtight; allowing in currents of air, especially uncomfortably cold air; -- of buildings.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to drafts of air; exposed to drafts: as, a drafty hall.
  • Like draff; worthless; nasty.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. not airtight


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  • Some of the brightest minds this country has ever produced were educated in drafty, unairconditioned schools on chalk dust and pencil lead.

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  • At a time when most vintage warplanes have retired to a quiet life on display in drafty museums, 65-year-old Fifi is embarking on a new mission: giving rides to paying enthusiasts and once again making the air-show rounds, which occasionally feature a simulated atomic-bomb attack.

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  • When we think of quilts, we tend to think of women making them from scraps of material to keep their families warm in drafty houses.

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  • This winter, we bought a couple of cans of insulating foam for about 5 bucks each, and have started filling cracks between the sill and the foundation, as well as working to fill in drafty areas under the living room baseboards.

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  • They kept almost 2,000 panes of antique glass which Mr. Avery describes as drafty but integral to the house.

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  • "You almost became addicted to him somehow," Ms. Burton said later, recalling drafty mornings in Hoxton Square (she, in a coat, sitting on a too-low stool at the secondhand cutting table, - News

  • “The Body of Christ,” he says to each communicant—some in business attire on their way home from work, some wearing coats and scarves to guard against the cold in the low-lit, drafty hall.

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  • In the medieval worldview, number and structure were musical expressions, and for singers in Notre Dame — all of them well-educated and ambitious young men — this would have been obvious as they created new sonic structures within the architecture taking shape in the dusty, drafty spaces around them.

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  • The two mixed and recorded their recently released album, Twist Again, in their "drafty yet dependable" home studio.

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  • The four drafty buildings had been fixtures of the Energy Department complex in Oak Ridge, Tenn., for more than half a century.

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