- 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 aridly
Historical Examples of aridly
Anything else (other than a mere repeated and too aridly Anglo-American winter in Florence, perhaps, say) would almost only cost.The Letters of Henry James (volume I)
- having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
- devoid of interest
Word Origin for arid
Word Origin and History for aridly
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.