Origin of drought
In American English, drought with the pronunciation [drout] /draʊt/ is common everywhere in educated speech, and is the usual printed form.
Examples from the Web for drought
It was captioned Preserve Your Forests From Destruction And Protect Your Country From Floods And Drought.
From the drought in California to the women of ENIAC, The Daily Beast picks the best journalism from around the web this week.
The drought is now killing off century-old California farms.
Coping with drought and marginal soils was a continual struggle.‘The Harness Maker’s Dream:’ The Unlikely Ranch King of Texas|Nick Kotz|September 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I remember reading the headlines in the local paper that said, “Four-year drought has ended.”Life After ‘SVU’: Christopher Meloni on ‘They Came Together,’ Stabler, and His Famous Behind|Marlow Stern|June 21, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The superstitious natives supposed the drought was sent upon them as a judgment, because myself and Lay were allowed to live.
Indeed, the portulacca is a vegetable salamander so far as its ability to stand heat and drought is concerned.ABC of Gardening|Eben Eugene Rexford
The drought had forced all the animals to come to the larger water-courses, and the country was literally swarming with game.Hunting the Grisly and Other Sketches|Theodore Roosevelt
The water we have discovered, although a plentiful supply for present needs, may run short or cease altogether if drought comes.The Lonely Island|R.M. Ballantyne
The drought had not brought down the leaves nor cracked the surface.The New Gulliver and Other Stories|Barry Pain
Word Origin for drought
Old English drugað, drugoð "drought, dryness, desert," from Proto-Germanic *drugothaz, from Germanic root *dreug- "dry" (cf high/height) with *-itho, Germanic suffix for forming abstract nouns (see -th (2)). Drouth was a Middle English variant continued in Scottish and northern English dialect and in poetry.