Definitions starting with D

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/draf/ [Vir. idem (Seaman); OED draught current of air, esp, in a confined place; def. 1 seems to derive from sitting in a draft, but may be related to def. 2, the origin of which is less clear] n. 1. a head cold: Don't catch draft! (Nassau). = CHECK1(Black)

2. [cf. DRAFFY; possibly a back-formation] dew: Everybody hurried together to avoid the morning draft (COB). (Gen.)

Tags: back formation, noun

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Last update: 2012-01-17 11:48
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.2

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