Definition of drafty in English:


(British draughty)


  • 1(of an enclosed space) cold and uncomfortable because of currents of cool air.

    ‘anyone would get pneumonia living in the drafty old house’
    • ‘He simply shrugged it off, ‘I have no need for my own room, and besides, I don't want you to catch cold, all the other rooms are too drafty.’’
    • ‘In the basement below his house it was drafty and cold.’
    • ‘One of the most remarkable things about Britain - now as well as then - is its incredibly well-developed network of live music clubs, mostly in back rooms in pubs or draughty town halls.’
    • ‘The candelabra had gone out several minutes ago, due to the drafty nature of the tunnels.’
    • ‘We spent nearly every weekend and holiday for the last 10 years in a cold, dirty, drafty, smoky, uncomfortable place - our own chateau.’
    • ‘The badge was placed on a flat surface within the child's breathing range, and drafty space was avoided.’
    • ‘Every house was full of flaws - leaky rooves, drafty rooms and saggy floors - and memories.’
    • ‘It was a cold day, the room was draughty and Isabella's condition took a serious turn.’
    • ‘Of the new money, $1.2 million is going towards retrofitting cold, draughty, damp houses, and I strongly support that.’
    • ‘I was born into a drafty farm house in the corn country of Iowa - protected each winter by a row of straw bales set two layers high.’
    • ‘In the center of the drafty room, the six men who had arrived that evening sat on stools around a large table.’
    • ‘Avoid drafty areas or situations where the flame will be unstable.’
    • ‘Thanks to its basting heat, any old pocket of draughty pavement can now boast a rickety table and chairs.’
    • ‘Before the auditor visits your house, make a list of any existing problems such as condensation and uncomfortable or drafty rooms.’
    • ‘Inevitably, there are many that are distinctly uncomfortable, old and draughty.’
    • ‘A typical room was drafty and chilly in winter and humid and sweltering in summer.’
    • ‘You can rearrange your furniture so that you move it away from drafty areas and closer to the fireplace.’
    • ‘Avoid placing them in a drafty area or their flower buds may drop before they have a chance to open.’
    • ‘The workout area was drafty and cold as always, and Star slightly shivered under her workout clothing but she could take it.’
    • ‘The audiences are prepared to put up with draughty village halls, broken strings, buzzing PA gear and all the other imperfections that seem to make the evenings exciting.’
    chilly, cold
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    1. 1.1 (of a door or window) ill-fitting, and so allowing currents of cool air in.
      • ‘Barbara said residents suffered draughty and leaking windows which were difficult for elderly and disabled people to open and close.’
      • ‘I note off-handedly that I'm slightly shivering from sitting so close to the drafty window, and I'm losing feeling in my hands and feet.’
      • ‘However, avoid placing plants near drafty doors, uninsulated windows, and heat sources.’
      • ‘Yet still panic lurks in dusty corners and slips through locked but drafty doors.’
      • ‘Poinsettias are sensitive to extreme temperature, so don't place your plant next to a heater or near a drafty window or doorway.’
      • ‘Likewise, avoid things - such as fans, doors, drafty windows - which might draw smoke away from the unit.’
      • ‘This evening I discovered that window seats are draughty, so taped up all the hinges and gaps I could find.’
      • ‘If your home has drafty single-pane windows or single-pane aluminum sliders, the heat loss from windows may be as much as 50 percent.’
      • ‘Old-style, double-hung window frames are drafty by nature, so what you gain in energy efficiency with the double glazing, you may lose in the design of the old windows.’
      • ‘Protect plants from icy, drafty windows by pulling pots back at night or placing newspapers against the glass.’
      • ‘Are your windows drafty, hard to open, and covered with frost on chilly mornings?’
      • ‘If by air walls they mean uninsulated, drafty windows then, yes.’
      • ‘To me, a cold chill in one corner of a spooky house is a draughty window, not the spirit of someone's dead great, great, great aunt come back to haunt the living.’
      • ‘The tenants raised a few minor issues specific to their homes that they would like to improve including fencing and draughty windows.’
      • ‘Replacing draughty windows with double-glazed units will save money.’
      • ‘Patchy repairs: ‘If windows are draughty, leave them alone - people will know they have to be replaced.’’
      • ‘Install tight-fitting, insulating window shades on windows that feel drafty after weatherizing.’
      • ‘Our home is about three years old, and we've had drafty windows since it was built.’
      • ‘The cash-strapped councils need the money to plug leaks in school roofs, shore up unstable walls, install modern heating systems, repair cracked, draughty windows and remove temporary classrooms.’
      • ‘The worst category was found to be two-bedroom properties, mostly flats, in which the average number of faults, such as draughty windows, leaky showers and shoddy electrics, was double that in England and Wales.’