Nearby words

  1. druse,
  2. drusilla,
  3. drusus,
  4. druthers,
  5. druze,
  6. dry abscess,
  7. dry adiabatic lapse rate,
  8. dry as dust,
  9. dry battery,
  10. dry beer

Idioms

    not dry behind the ears, immature; unsophisticated: Adult responsibilities were forced on him, although he was still not dry behind the ears.

Origin of dry

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

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 dry

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 dry
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Idioms and Phrases with dry

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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