drier

1
[ drahy-er ]
/ ˈdraɪ ər /
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noun

a person or thing that dries.
any substance added to paints, varnishes, printing inks, etc., to make them dry quickly.

Nearby words

  1. driech,
  2. dried,
  3. dried-fruit beetle,
  4. dried-up,
  5. driegh,
  6. dries,
  7. driesch,
  8. driest,
  9. drift,
  10. drift anchor

Origin of drier

1
1300–50; Middle English dreyere (as surname). See dry, -er1

drier

2
[ drahy-er ]
/ ˈdraɪ ər /

adjective

comparative of dry.

Origin of dry

before 900; Middle English drie, Old English drȳge; akin to Dutch droog, German trocken; see drought

SYNONYMS FOR dry
ANTONYMS FOR dry
1. wet. 20. interesting.

Related forms

Synonym study

1. Dry, arid both mean without moisture. Dry is the general word indicating absence of water or freedom from moisture: a dry well; dry clothes. Arid suggests great or intense dryness in a region or climate, especially such as results in bareness or in barrenness: arid tracts of desert. 28. See evaporate.

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British Dictionary definitions for drier

drier

1
/ (ˈdraɪə) /

adjective

a comparative of dry

noun

a variant spelling of dryer 1

dry

/ (draɪ) /

adjective drier, driest, dryer or dryest

verb dries, drying or dried

(when intr, often foll by off) to make or become dry or free from moisture
(tr) to preserve (meat, vegetables, fruit, etc) by removing the moisture

noun plural drys or dries

See also dry out, dry up

Derived Formsdryable, adjectivedryness, noun

Word Origin for dry

Old English drӯge; related to Old High German truckan, Old Norse draugr dry wood

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Word Origin and History for drier
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Idioms and Phrases with drier

dry

In addition to the idioms beginning with dry

  • dry as dust
  • dry behind the ears
  • dry out
  • dry run
  • dry up

also see:

  • cut and dried
  • hang out to dry
  • high and dry
  • keep one's powder dry
  • well's run dry
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