superlative of dry.

Nearby words

  1. dried-up,
  2. driegh,
  3. drier,
  4. dries,
  5. driesch,
  6. drift,
  7. drift anchor,
  8. drift angle,
  9. drift ice,
  10. drift indicator



adjective, dri·er, dri·est.

free from moisture or excess moisture; not moist; not wet: a dry towel; dry air.
having or characterized by little or no rain: a dry climate; the dry season.
characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.
not under, in, or on water: It was good to be on dry land.
not now containing or yielding water or other liquid; depleted or empty of liquid: The well is dry.
not yielding milk: a dry cow.
free from tears: dry eyes.
drained or evaporated away: a dry river.
desiring drink; thirsty: He was so dry he could hardly speak.
causing thirst: dry work.
served or eaten without butter, jam, etc.: dry toast.
(of cooked food) lacking enough moisture or juice to be satisfying or succulent.
(of bread and bakery products) stale.
of or relating to nonliquid substances or commodities: dry measure; dry provisions.
(of wines) not sweet.
(of a cocktail)
  1. made with dry vermouth: a dry Manhattan.
  2. made with relatively little dry vermouth: a dry martini.
characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages: a dry state.
(of British biscuits) not sweet.
plain; bald; unadorned: dry facts.
dull; uninteresting: a dry subject.
expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way: dry humor.
indifferent; cold; unemotional: a dry answer.
unproductive: The greatest of artists have dry years.
(of lumber) fully seasoned.
Building Trades.
  1. (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement.
  2. (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster.
  1. unglazed.
  2. insufficiently glazed.
Art. hard and formal in outline, or lacking mellowness and warmth in color.

verb (used with object), dried, dry·ing.

to make dry; free from moisture: to dry the dishes.

verb (used without object), dried, dry·ing.

to become dry; lose moisture.

noun, plural drys, dries.

a prohibitionist.
a dry place, area, or region.

Verb Phrases

dry out,
  1. to make or become completely dry.
  2. to undergo or cause to undergo detoxification from consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol.
dry up,
  1. to make or become completely dry.
  2. to cease to exist; evaporate.
  3. Informal.to stop talking.
  4. (in acting) to forget one's lines or part.

Origin of dry

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

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 driest



a superlative of dry


adjective drier, driest, dryer or dryest

lacking moisture; not damp or wet
having little or no rainfall
not in or under waterdry land
having the water drained away or evaporateda dry river
not providing milka dry cow
(of the eyes) free from tears
  1. informalin need of a drink; thirsty
  2. causing thirstdry work
eaten without butter, jam, etcdry toast
(of a wine, cider, etc) not sweet
pathol not accompanied by or producing a mucous or watery dischargea dry cough
consisting of solid as opposed to liquid substances or commodities
without adornment; plaindry facts
lacking interest or stimulationa dry book
lacking warmth or emotion; colda dry greeting
(of wit or humour) shrewd and keen in an impersonal, sarcastic, or laconic way
opposed to or prohibiting the sale of alcoholic liquor for human consumptiona dry area
NZ (of a ewe) without a lamb after the mating season
electronics (of a soldered electrical joint) imperfect because the solder has not adhered to the metal, thus reducing conductance

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

British informal a Conservative politician who is considered to be a hard-linerCompare wet (def. 10)
the dry Australian informal the dry season
US and Canadian an informal word for prohibitionist
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 driest
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Idioms and Phrases with driest


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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