- being without moisture; extremely dry; parched: arid land; an arid climate.
- barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture: arid farmland.
- lacking interest or imaginativeness; sterile; jejune: an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
Origin of arid
Examples from the Web for aridity
We had an uncomfortable experience because of the excessive heat and aridity.A Canyon Voyage
Frederick S. Dellenbaugh
That common thinness and aridity, too, of the Unitarian temper had weighed with him.Robert Elsmere
Mrs. Humphry Ward
There is aridity, there is wildness, and yet there is a certain monotony.The Sea
It is aridity, too, that gives their particular character to the Argentine Andes.The Argentine Republic
That great craving for cold and wet is a sign of the heat and aridity that is within.Monsieur de Pourceaugnac
- having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
- devoid of interest
Word Origin and History for aridity
1590s, from Middle French aridité or directly from Latin ariditatem (nominative ariditas) "dryness," from aridus (see arid). The Latin word was used figuratively of unadorned styles as well as stingy men.
1650s, "dry, parched," from French aride (15c.) or directly from Latin aridus "dry, arid, parched," from arere "to be dry," from PIE root *as- "to burn, glow" (see ash (n.1)). Figurative sense of "uninteresting" is from 1827. Related: Aridly.
- Very dry, especially having less precipitation than is needed to support most trees or woody plants. Deserts have arid climates.