Also drier. a machine, appliance, or apparatus for removing moisture, as by forced ventilation or heat: hair dryer; clothes dryer.

Can be confuseddrier dryer
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Historical Examples of dryer

  • But if she had returned a flat "no," Flora would not have had a dryer sense of unwelcome.

    The Coast of Chance

    Esther Chamberlain

  • There were no more water holes, and it got dryer and hotter.

    Land of the Burnt Thigh

    Edith Eudora Kohl

  • The dryer the ground in preparing it for the seed, and for the sowing of the same, the better.

    Your Plants

    James Sheehan

  • The dryer the ground is when the seeds are sown, the better.

    Your Plants

    James Sheehan

  • In Micronesia there are two seasons: a wet summer and a dryer winter.

British Dictionary definitions for dryer




a person or thing that dries
an apparatus for removing moisture by forced draught, heating, or centrifuging
any of certain chemicals added to oils such as linseed oil to accelerate their drying when used as bases in paints, etc




a variant spelling of drier 1
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Word Origin and History for dryer

agent noun from dry (v.).

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