Definitions for DRYdraɪ

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

dry*draɪ(adj.)dri•er, dri•est

  1. (adj.)free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet.

  2. having or characterized by little or no rain:

    the dry season.

  3. characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.

  4. not under, in, or on water:

    to be on dry land.

  5. not now containing or yielding water or other liquid; depleted or empty of liquid:

    The well is dry.

  6. not yielding milk:

    a dry cow.

  7. free from tears:

    dry eyes.

  8. drained or evaporated away:

    a dry river.

  9. desiring drink; thirsty.

  10. causing thirst:

    dry work.

  11. served or eaten without butter, jam, etc.:

    dry toast.

    Category: Cooking

  12. (of bread, rolls, etc.) stale.

    Category: Cooking

  13. of or pertaining to nonliquid substances or commodities:

    dry measure; dry provisions.

  14. dehydrated.

  15. (esp. of wines) not sweet.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  16. (of a cocktail) made with dry vermouth, esp. a relatively small amount.

    Category: Viniculture/Winemaking

  17. characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages:

    a dry state.

  18. free from the use of alcoholic drink; sober.

  19. plain; bald; unadorned:

    dry facts.

  20. dull; uninteresting:

    a dry subject.

  21. expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way:

    dry humor.

  22. indifferent; cold; unemotional:

    a dry answer.

  23. unproductive:

    The greatest of artists have dry years.

  24. (of lumber) fully seasoned.

    Category: Building Trades

  25. (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement. (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster.

    Category: Building Trades

  26. (v.t.)to make dry; free from moisture:

    to dry the dishes.

  27. (v.i.)to become dry; lose moisture.

  28. dry out, to undergo detoxification after drug or alcohol abuse.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  29. dry up, to cease to exist; evaporate. Informal. to stop talking. (in acting) to forget one's lines or part.

    Category: Verb Phrase

  30. (n.)a prohibitionist.

  31. a dry area.

* Syn: dry , arid both mean without moisture. dry is the general word indicating absence of water or freedom from moisture, which may be favorable or unfavorable: a dry well; a dry bath towel. arid suggests intense dryness in a region or climate, resulting in bareness or in barrenness: arid tracts of desert.

Origin of dry:

bef. 900; ME; OE drȳge; akin to MD drōghe, OHG trockan; cf. drought


Princeton's WordNet

  1. dry, prohibitionist(adj)

    a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages

  2. dry(adj)

    free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet

    "dry land"; "dry clothes"; "a dry climate"; "dry splintery boards"; "a dry river bed"; "the paint is dry"

  3. dry, ironic, ironical, wry(adj)

    humorously sarcastic or mocking

    "dry humor"; "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"; "an ironic novel"; "an ironical smile"; "with a wry Scottish wit"

  4. dry(adj)

    lacking moisture or volatile components

    "dry paint"

  5. dry(adj)

    opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

    "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state"

  6. dry(adj)

    not producing milk

    "a dry cow"

  7. dry(adj)

    (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation

    "a dry white burgundy"; "a dry Bordeaux"

  8. dry(adj)

    without a mucous or watery discharge

    "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"

  9. dry(adj)

    not shedding tears

    "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"

  10. dry, juiceless(adj)

    lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless

    "a dry book"; "a dry lecture filled with trivial details"; "dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated"- John Mason Brown

  11. dry(adj)

    used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

    "dry weight"

  12. dry(adj)

    unproductive especially of the expected results

    "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"

  13. dry(adj)

    having no adornment or coloration

    "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"

  14. dry(adj)

    (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish

    "dry toast"; "dry meat"

  15. dry(adj)

    having a large proportion of strong liquor

    "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"

  16. dry(adj)

    lacking warmth or emotional involvement

    "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"

  17. dry, teetotal(verb)

    practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages

    "he's been dry for ten years"; "no thank you; I happen to be teetotal"

  18. dry, dry out(verb)

    remove the moisture from and make dry

    "dry clothes"; "dry hair"

  19. dry, dry out(verb)

    become dry or drier

    "The laundry dries in the sun"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. dry(adjective)ɪ

    ≠ wet

    Are the clothes dry yet?; dry weather; when the glue is dry

  2. dryɪ

    (of skin or hair) not soft or smooth

    cream for dry skin

  3. dryɪ

    (of food) without enough moisture after being overcooked

    The meat was dry and chewy.

  4. dryɪ

    (of humor) expressed in a way that seems serious

    a very dry sense of humor

  5. dryɪ

    not allowing the sale of alcohol

    a dry town/county

  6. dry(verb)ɪ

    to become or make dry

    He dried the dog with a towel.; as the paint dries

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dry

    free from moisture; having little humidity or none; arid; not wet or moist; deficient in the natural or normal supply of moisture, as rain or fluid of any kind; -- said especially: (a) Of the weather: Free from rain or mist

  2. Dry

    of vegetable matter: Free from juices or sap; not succulent; not green; as, dry wood or hay

  3. Dry

    of animals: Not giving milk; as, the cow is dry

  4. Dry

    of persons: Thirsty; needing drink

  5. Dry

    of the eyes: Not shedding tears

  6. Dry

    of certain morbid conditions, in which there is entire or comparative absence of moisture; as, dry gangrene; dry catarrh

  7. Dry

    destitute of that which interests or amuses; barren; unembellished; jejune; plain

  8. Dry

    characterized by a quality somewhat severe, grave, or hard; hence, sharp; keen; shrewd; quaint; as, a dry tone or manner; dry wit

  9. Dry

    exhibiting a sharp, frigid preciseness of execution, or the want of a delicate contour in form, and of easy transition in coloring

  10. Dry(adj)

    to make dry; to free from water, or from moisture of any kind, and by any means; to exsiccate; as, to dry the eyes; to dry one's tears; the wind dries the earth; to dry a wet cloth; to dry hay

  11. Dry(verb)

    to grow dry; to become free from wetness, moisture, or juice; as, the road dries rapidly

  12. Dry(verb)

    to evaporate wholly; to be exhaled; -- said of moisture, or a liquid; -- sometimes with up; as, the stream dries, or dries up

  13. Dry(verb)

    to shrivel or wither; to lose vitality


  1. Dry

    Dry is the debut studio album by English alternative rock musician PJ Harvey, released on 30 March 1992 on Too Pure Records. The album was recorded at The Icehouse, a local studio in Yeovil, United Kingdom. The first 5000 LPs and first 1000 CDs included demo versions of the album's tracks and Dry was subsequently released in the United States on Indigo Records in the US. Both versions were released in 1992.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #1989

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1620

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Verbs Frequency: #587

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'DRY' in Adjectives Frequency: #242

Translations for DRY

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


having little, or no, moisture, sap, rain etc

The ground is very dry; The leaves are dry and withered; I need to find dry socks for the children.

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