Druthers vs Predilection - What's the difference?

druthers | predilection |

As nouns the difference between druthers and predilection

is that druthers is (us|informal|often jocular) wishes, preferences, or ways while predilection is predilection.




(en-plural noun)
  • (US, informal, often jocular) Wishes, preferences, or ways.
  • If I had my druthers I’d eat in a restaurant every night of the week.
  • * 1929 , Harry McClintock, "If I Had My Druthers"
  • "If I had my druthers', I would not be a king. I'd ' druther be just what I am than any other thing."
  • * 1950 , Alice Walworth Graham, The Natchez woman :
  • "If you had your druthers'—" Old Lew was always saying, "If I had my ' druthers , gimme one of them there Shevrolics."
  • * 1957 , Society of Arts and Crafts, Theatre Arts , Volume 41?, page 29:
  • "If I had my druthers ," he informs us, "I'druther be myself — not because I'm anythin' special, just because it's convenient."
  • * 1977 , Carole Mayhall, From the Heart of a Woman :
  • If I'd had my "druthers'," our engagement would not have been two and one half years long. But schooling made our ' druthers invalid.

    Usage notes

    * The singular form "druther" is used with the same meaning, but much more rarely. * The noun "druthers" is sometimes used in conjunction with the verb "druther" for increased comic effect. *: If I've got my druthers''', I'd '''druther not. *: or, alternatively, *: If I've got my druthers''', I '''druther not. : This double formation was popularized by the American cartoonist (1956).


    * Random House word of the day English blends English pluralia tantum



    Alternative forms

    * (archaic)


    (en noun)
  • Condition of favoring or liking; tendency towards; proclivity; predisposition.
  • * 1987 , Edwin M. Yoder Jr., "Lewis Powell a Fine Sense of Balance," Washington Post , 29 Jun.,
  • But for him the first rule of judging was to set aside personal predilection and vote the law and the facts.
  • * 2000 , Terry McCarthy, "Lost Generation," Time Asia , 23 Oct.,
  • ... youth’s predilection for revolt.
  • * 2001 , Marina Cantacuzino, "On deadly ground," The Guardian , 13 Mar.,
  • Wilson doesn’t see any inconsistency between his socialism and his predilection for the high life.