adjective, drier, driest.
free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet:
a dry towel; dry air.
having or characterized by little or no rain:
a dry climate; the dry season.
characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.
not under, in, or on water:
It was good to be on dry land.
not now containing or yielding water or other liquid; depleted or empty of liquid:
The well is dry.
not yielding milk:
a dry cow.
free from tears:
drained or evaporated away:
a dry river.
desiring drink; thirsty:
He was so dry he could hardly speak.
served or eaten without butter, jam, etc.:
(of cooked food) lacking enough moisture or juice to be satisfying or succulent.
(of bread and bakery products) stale.
of or relating to nonliquid substances or commodities:
dry measure; dry provisions.
(of wines) not sweet.
characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages:
a dry state.
(of British biscuits) not sweet.
plain; bald; unadorned:
a dry subject.
expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way:
indifferent; cold; unemotional:
a dry answer.
The greatest of artists have dry years.
(of lumber) fully seasoned.
Art. hard and formal in outline, or lacking mellowness and warmth in color.
verb (used with object), dried, drying.
to make dry; free from moisture:
to dry the dishes.
verb (used without object), dried, drying.
to become dry; lose moisture.
noun, plural drys, dries.
a dry place, area, or region.
not dry behind the ears, immature; unsophisticated:
Adult responsibilities were forced on him, although he was still not dry behind the ears.
adjective drier, driest, dryer, dryest
lacking moisture; not damp or wet
having little or no rainfall
not in or under water: dry land
having the water drained away or evaporated: a dry river
not providing milk: a dry cow
(of the eyes) free from tears
eaten without butter, jam, etc: dry toast
(of a wine, cider, etc) not sweet
(pathol) not accompanied by or producing a mucous or watery discharge: a dry cough
consisting of solid as opposed to liquid substances or commodities
without adornment; plain: dry facts
lacking interest or stimulation: a dry book
lacking warmth or emotion; cold: a dry greeting
(of wit or humour) shrewd and keen in an impersonal, sarcastic, or laconic way
opposed to or prohibiting the sale of alcoholic liquor for human consumption: a dry area
(NZ) (of a ewe) without a lamb after the mating season
(electronics) (of a soldered electrical joint) imperfect because the solder has not adhered to the metal, thus reducing conductance
verb dries, drying, dried
when intr, often foll by off. to make or become dry or free from moisture
(transitive) to preserve (meat, vegetables, fruit, etc) by removing the moisture
noun (pl) drys, dries
(Brit, informal) a Conservative politician who is considered to be a hard-liner Compare wet (sense 10)
(Austral, informal) the dry, the dry season
(US & Canadian) an informal word for prohibitionist
Old English dryge, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (cf. Middle Low German dröge, Middle Dutch druge, Dutch droog, Old High German trucchon, German trocken, Old Norse draugr), from PIE *dreug-.
Meaning “barren” is mid-14c. Of humor or jests, early 15c. (implied in dryly); as “uninteresting, tedious” from 1620s. Of places prohibiting alcoholic drink, 1870 (but dry feast, one at which no liquor is served, is from late 15c.; colloquial dry (n.) “prohibitionist” is 1888, American English). Dry goods (1708) were those measured out in dry, not liquid, measure. Dry land (that not under the sea) is from early 13c. Dry run is from 1940s.
Old English drygan, related to dry (adj.). Related: Dried; drying. Of the two agent noun spellings, drier is the older (1520s), while dryer (1874) was first used of machines. Dry out in the drug addiction sense is from 1967. Dry up “stop talking” is 1853.
A person who favors the prohibition of alcoholic drink (1888+)
[drahy-sawl-ter] /ˈdraɪˌsɔl tər/ noun, British. 1. a dealer in chemicals and dyes. /ˈdraɪˌsɔːltə/ noun 1. (obsolete) a dealer in certain chemical products, such as dyestuffs and gums, and in dried, tinned, or salted foods and edible oils
[drahy-sawlt] /ˈdraɪˌsɔlt/ verb (used with object) 1. to cure or preserve (meat, hides, etc.) by drying and salting. verb 1. to preserve (food) by salting and removing moisture
/ˈdraɪzdeɪl/ noun 1. Sir George Russell. 1912–81, Australian painter, esp of landscapes /ˈdraɪzdeɪl/ noun 1. a New Zealand breed of sheep with hair growing among its wool: bred for its coat which is used in making carpets
[drahy-shod] /ˈdraɪˌʃɒd/ adjective 1. having or keeping the shoes dry.