verb (used without object)

to engage in dryland farming.

verb (used with object)

to grow (a specified crop) by means of dryland farming.

Nearby words

  1. dry-clean,
  2. dry-cleanse,
  3. dry-dock,
  4. dry-dockage,
  5. dry-eyed,
  6. dry-footing,
  7. dry-gulch,
  8. dry-nurse,
  9. dry-roasted,
  10. dry-rot

Origin of dry-farm

An Americanism dating back to 1915–20

Related formsdry farmer, noun

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Examples from the Web for dry-farm

  • It was a cinch you couldn't turn loose and dry-farm that land and have even a fair chance of reaping a harvest.

  • I've been keeping cases pretty close on this dry-farm craze, and this stampede for claims.

  • They say that folks can dry-farm the benches up toward the mountains—they can't, and I don't like to see nobody try it.

    The Man Next Door|Emerson Hough