AskDefine | Define dry

Dictionary Definition

dry adj
1 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" [ant: wet]
2 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" [syn: ironic, ironical, wry]
3 opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages; "the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"; "a dry state" [ant: wet]
4 not producing milk; "a dry cow" [ant: wet]
5 (of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation; "a dry white burgundy" [ant: sweet]
6 without a mucous or watery discharge; "a dry cough"; "that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose" [ant: phlegmy]
7 not shedding tears; "dry sobs"; "with dry eyes"
8 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 to...life"- John Mason Brown [syn: juiceless]
9 used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones; "dry weight"
10 unproductive especially of the expected results; "a dry run"; "a mind dry of new ideas"
11 having no adornment or coloration; "dry facts"; "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
12 (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish; "dry toast"; "dry meat"
13 suffering from fluid deprivation; "his mouth was dry"
14 having a large proportion of strong liquor; "a very dry martini is almost straight gin"
15 lacking warmth or emotional involvement; "a dry greeting"; "a dry reading of the lines"; "a dry critique"
16 practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages; "he's been dry for ten years"; "no thank you; I happen to be teetotal" [syn: teetotal] n : a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages [syn: prohibitionist]

Verb

1 remove the moisture from and make dry; "dry clothes"; "dry hair" [syn: dry out] [ant: wet]
2 become dry or drier; "The laundry dries in the sun" [syn: dry out] [also: dried, dryest, dryer, driest, drier]

User Contributed Dictionary

English

Pronunciation

  • /draɪ/
  • Rhymes with: -aɪ

Etymology 1

From dryġe

Adjective

  1. Free from liquid or moisture.
    Could you hand me a dry towel?
    My throat feels itchy and dry.
    Cover the chicken as it bakes or it'll get too dry.
  2. Free of water in any state; anhydrous
    Dry alcohol is 200 proof.
  3. Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages.
    A former alcoholic, he's been dry for almost a year now.
    You'll have to drive out of this dry county to find any liquor.
Synonyms
free from liquid or moisture
free of water in any state
  • Finnish: kuiva, vedetön, absoluuttinen (alcohol)
  • Kurdish:
maintaining temperance
  • German: trocken
  • Swedish: torrlagd (involuntarily), vit (informal, rare)

Etymology 2

From dryġan, from dryġe

Verb

  1. To become dry.
  2. To make dry. (e.g., your eyes)
    Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.
Derived terms
Translations
to become dry
to make dry

Old English

Pronunciation

  • /dry:/

Etymology

From Celtic *druwis: cognate with Old Irish druí (Irish draoi, Gaelic druidh ‘magician’).

Noun

m
  1. a sorcerer or magician
    ''Hi woldon forbærnan ðone dry. —Ælfric’s Homilies, vol. 1. (‘They would burn the sorceror.’)

Derived terms

Extensive Definition

Dry may refer to:

See also

dry in French: sec
dry in Italian: DRY
dry in Japanese: ドライ

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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