a period of dry weather, especially a long one that is injurious to crops.
an extended shortage: a drought of good writing.
- Also drouth [drouth] /draʊθ/ .
In American English, drought with the pronunciation [drout] /draʊt/ is common everywhere in educated speech, and is the usual printed form.
- draught, drought
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How to use drought in a sentence
The main and the north fork of the Canadian are exemptions from the effects of summer drouth.The Indian in his Wigwam | Henry R. Schoolcraft
That was the year of the "drouth," and he apprised the brethren where he preached of the destitution in Kansas.Personal Recollections of Pardee Butler | Pardee Butler
At which thing one of his chamberleins maruelling, asked the cause of his drouth.Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland (3 of 6): England (7 of 9) | Raphael Holinshed
The creek filled to its banks, the field and garden freshened in a day, and the new ranch threw off the blight of summer drouth.Wells Brothers | Andy Adams
The drouth was telling on Glendon's small herd, but he had more important things to think about now.The Long Dim Trail | Forrestine C. Hooker
British Dictionary definitions for drought
a prolonged period of scanty rainfall
a prolonged shortage
- droughty, adjective
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Scientific definitions for drought
A long period of abnormally low rainfall, lasting up to several years.
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