Definitions

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  • adj. filthy; worthless

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Filthy; worthless.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Trashy; of no worth; filthy.

Etymologies

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Anglo-Saxon daerstan, dresten, dregs.

Examples

  • So I intend to inform the OED that the word drasty has been revived and brought into gen-u-wine contemporary use in a 2005 poem, and I want to see it in the next edition with the Chasar citation.

    languagehat.com: DRASTY CONCHES.

  • Unsure if this was the intended meaning, I took advantage of the miracle of the internet and asked the author, who said that it was; furthermore, it was a reminiscence of Chaucer's tale of Sir Thopas, where Chaucer is interrupted by the Host and told, "Thy drasty rymyng is nat worth a toord!"

    languagehat.com: DRASTY CONCHES.

  • Interestingly enough, drasty was sometimes misread/misprinted as drafty that darned long s, no doubt, and it appears that way in some editions of Chaucer.

    languagehat.com: DRASTY CONCHES.

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