Definition of druther in English:



usually one's druthers
North American
  • One's preference in a matter.

    ‘if I had my druthers, I would prefer to be a writer’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, the whole service would still be in Latin.’
    • ‘If I had my druthers children would learn cross country ski skills before alpine.’
    • ‘He knows he's not necessarily the one Steve would have cast if he had his druthers.’
    • ‘I'll take ‘Message In a Bottle’ or ‘Stand or Fall,’ given my druthers.’
    • ‘Given my druthers, I'd choose being female any day over the alternative.’
    • ‘So while I respect the fact that journalists have a job to do, if I had my druthers, it wouldn't involve me.’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, I'd tell the whole world about your dirty little secret.’
    • ‘We have two small dogs that, if they had their druthers, would dance, sing, and be merry up to their ears in kitty litter (and the gross sundries found therein).’
    • ‘As the story goes, if Harvey Weinstein had his druthers, there would have been at least one more.’
    • ‘You have to be flexible, but if you had your druthers which would you choose?’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, I'd go back in time to Baltimore and take that stupid flag down myself.’
    • ‘But every traveler has different priorities, and my druthers may not be yours.’
    • ‘Something really, really bad happened to me, something that changed my life in ways that, if I had my druthers, it would never have been changed at all.’
    • ‘As a purist in his own right, Sparky has his own thoughts on what pool would encompass if he had his druthers.’
    • ‘Actually, if I had my druthers, I'd totally legalise drugs.’
    • ‘Given my druthers I'd re-edit episode 1, for that matter, but that won't happen.’
    • ‘If I had my druthers, that is how we would have gone about fighting the war.’
    • ‘If Hirsh has his druthers, he'll shoot another five seasons of Naked Josh and buy a shack here.’
    • ‘He once told me that he would not necessarily have been a sovereign prince of Monaco had he had his druthers.’
    • ‘As for the future, if Guru had his druthers, aside from making music, he'd like to start making films and expand on the culture.’
    favourite, first choice, top of the list, choice, selection, pick
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North American
  • Rather; by preference.


Late 19th century: from a US regional pronunciation of I'd rather, contraction of would rather.