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[bohn-drahy] /ˈboʊnˈdraɪ/
very dry.
very thirsty.
Slang. dry (def 17).
Ceramics. (of clay) thoroughly dried.
Origin of bone-dry
First recorded in 1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • After the corn is bone-dry it should, like all other vegetables and fruits, be conditioned.

    Every Step in Canning

    Grace Viall Gray
  • I asked him if he meant that it was "bone-dry" like Kansas, or whether the rich could still get it?

    Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock
  • I mustnt do any more on that until it's bone-dry; so you may come down.

    The Doctor's Dilemma George Bernard Shaw
  • The lights of small restaurants glimmered faintly on the bone-dry pavement.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • Fruits are dried only until leathery, whereas vegetables are dried until they are bone-dry.

    Every Step in Canning

    Grace Viall Gray
  • But liquor came to be the curse of Alaska and now the country, of its own volition, has gone "bone-dry."

    The Land of Tomorrow William B Stephenson, Jr.
  • The sun blazed hotly, and the soft yellow bluffs of bone-dry earth reached down to the dry beds of one-time streams.

    Vanguards of the Plains Margaret McCarter
  • The civil authorities of France would not be much use in helping the American army enforce a bone-dry order.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
British Dictionary definitions for bone-dry


  1. completely dry: a bone-dry well
  2. (postpositive): the well was bone dry
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