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From Middle English draught, from Old English *dreaht, *dræht (related to dragan (to draw, drag)), from Proto-Germanic *drahtuz, noun form of *draganą; equivalent to draw +‎ -t.



draught (countable and uncountable, plural draughts)

  1. (Britain) Alternative form of draft in its various senses.
  2. (Britain) A checker: a game piece used in the game of draughts.
  3. (Australia) Ale: a type of beer brewed using top-fermenting yeast.
  4. (Britain, medicine, obsolete) A mild vesicatory.
  5. (obsolete) An outhouse: an outbuilding used as a lavatory.
    • 1526, William Tyndale, trans. Bible, Matthew XV:
      Then sayde Jesus: are ye yett withoute understondinge? perceave ye not, that whatsoever goeth in at the mouth, descendeth doune into the bely, and ys cast out into the draught?
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Timon of Athens:
      Rid me these Villaines from your companies; / Hang them, or stab them, drowne them in a draught, / Confound them by some course, and come to me, / Ile giue you Gold enough.
  6. (Britain, obsolete) Any picture or drawing.
    • 1646, Sir Thomas Browne, Pseudodoxia Epidemica, V.22:
      And therefore, for the whole process, and full representation, there must be more than one draught; the one representing him in station, the other in session, another in genuflexion.
  7. (Britain, obsolete) A sudden attack upon an enemy.
    • (Can we date this quote by Spenser and provide title, author's full name, and other details?)
      drawing sudden draughts upon the enemy when he looketh not for you


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draught (third-person singular simple present draughts, present participle draughting, simple past and past participle draughted)

  1. (Britain) Alternative spelling of draft