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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bone-dry

Contemporary Examples of bone-dry

Historical Examples of bone-dry

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for bone-dry



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