adjective, dri·er, dri·est.
- made with dry vermouth: a dry Manhattan.
- made with relatively little dry vermouth: a dry martini.
- (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement.
- (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster.
- insufficiently glazed.
verb (used with object), dried, dry·ing.
verb (used without object), dried, dry·ing.
noun, plural drys, dries.
- to make or become completely dry.
- to undergo or cause to undergo detoxification from consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol.
- to make or become completely dry.
- to cease to exist; evaporate.
- Informal.to stop talking.
- (in acting) to forget one's lines or part.
Origin of dry
Synonyms for dry
Antonyms for dry
Examples from the Web for dried
Contemporary Examples of dried
The tasteless bread was transformed into a sweet cake that included ingredients, such as dried fruit and marzipan.One Cake to Rule Them All: How Stollen Stole Our Hearts
December 24, 2014
Spanish oak, which has an open grain and high levels of tannin, gives you dried fruit, spice, and even chocolate flavors.How Much Do Whisky Casks Really Affect Taste?
December 10, 2014
Some dried cranberries for tartness and a sprinkle of sea salt make these my all-time favorite cookies.Make These Barefoot Contessa Salty Oatmeal Chocolate Chunk Cookies
November 28, 2014
It will end up shriveled up, dried up, dead; rolled up in dirty gauze and tossed into a wastebasket, quickly forgotten.No One Ever Loses to Cancer
October 8, 2014
Every morning Frederico takes the dried leaves of the precious guayusa tree and steeps them in a large dark pot.Bye Bye Latté, Hello Guayusa: Why The Amazon Holds the Secret to a Cleaner, Healthier Caffeine
August 29, 2014
Historical Examples of dried
What precautions should be observed in the storing of dried foods?Woman's Institute Library of Cookery, Vol. 5
Woman's Institute of Domestic Arts and Sciences
There were great heaps of shells by the sea where we came and dried fish and feasted.The Trail Book
I am glad that there is soothing in these dried leaves for those who require it.
Then she dried it with the chamois skins as she often had done before.
Add some plums or dried currants that have been picked and washed.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
adjective drier, driest, dryer or dryest
- informalin need of a drink; thirsty
- causing thirstdry work
verb dries, drying or dried
noun plural drys or dries
Word Origin for dry
Old English dryge, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (cf. Middle Low German dröge, Middle Dutch druge, Dutch droog, Old High German trucchon, German trocken, Old Norse draugr), from PIE *dreug-.
Meaning "barren" is mid-14c. Of humor or jests, early 15c. (implied in dryly); as "uninteresting, tedious" from 1620s. Of places prohibiting alcoholic drink, 1870 (but dry feast, one at which no liquor is served, is from late 15c.; colloquial dry (n.) "prohibitionist" is 1888, American English). Dry goods (1708) were those measured out in dry, not liquid, measure. Dry land (that not under the sea) is from early 13c. Dry run is from 1940s.
Old English drygan, related to dry (adj.). Related: Dried; drying. Of the two agent noun spellings, drier is the older (1520s), while dryer (1874) was first used of machines. Dry out in the drug addiction sense is from 1967. Dry up "stop talking" is 1853.
In addition to the idioms beginning with dry
- dry as dust
- dry behind the ears
- dry out
- dry run
- dry up
- cut and dried
- hang out to dry
- high and dry
- keep one's powder dry
- well's run dry