- a period of dry weather, especially a long one that is injurious to crops.
- an extended shortage: a drought of good writing.
- Archaic. thirst.
Origin of drought
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In American English, drought with the pronunciation [drout] /draʊt/ is common everywhere in educated speech, and is the usual printed form.
Examples from the Web for drought
It was captioned Preserve Your Forests From Destruction And Protect Your Country From Floods And Drought.The Magazine That Made—and Unmade—Politicians
November 2, 2014
From the drought in California to the women of ENIAC, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The drought is now killing off century-old California farms.
Coping with drought and marginal soils was a continual struggle.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas
September 20, 2014
I remember reading the headlines in the local paper that said, “Four-year drought has ended.”Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind
June 21, 2014
Only once before in her memory had there been such a summer and such a drought.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
And in times of drought all make pilgrimage there to offer up prayers.The Chinese Fairy Book
Lucagnolo had drought some wench whom he believed to be Madonna Paola.The Shame of Motley
Only those who have been through a drought know what music there is hidden in rain.
Sheep and the drought had come together, and the round-up was a failure.
- a prolonged period of scanty rainfall
- a prolonged shortage
- an archaic or dialect word for thirst Archaic and Scot form: drouth
Word Origin and History for drought
Old English drugað, drugoð "drought, dryness, desert," from Proto-Germanic *drugothaz, from Germanic root *dreug- "dry" (cf high/height) with *-itho, Germanic suffix for forming abstract nouns (see -th (2)). Drouth was a Middle English variant continued in Scottish and northern English dialect and in poetry.
- A long period of abnormally low rainfall, lasting up to several years.