- a period of dry weather, especially a long one that is injurious to crops.
- an extended shortage: a drought of good writing.
- Archaic. thirst.
Origin of drought
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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 drouth
The drouth was aggravating in its duration and growing hardships.Trail's End
George W. Ogden
Scene of the story is the prairie desert of the West in time of drouth.The Writing of the Short Story
Lewis Worthington Smith
Nor drouth nor heat can much annoy when the heart beats young.Winning the Wilderness
Margaret Hill McCarter
East and wast, the sign o' a blast; north and south, the sign o' a drouth.The Proverbs of Scotland
Johnny B. Destroyed we all are with the hunger and the drouth.The Unicorn from the Stars and Other Plays
William B. Yeats
- a prolonged period of scanty rainfall
- a prolonged shortage
- an archaic or dialect word for thirst Archaic and Scot form: drouth
Word Origin and History for drouth
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.
- A long period of abnormally low rainfall, lasting up to several years.