adjective, dri·er, dri·est.
- made with dry vermouth: a dry Manhattan.
- made with relatively little dry vermouth: a dry martini.
- (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement.
- (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster.
- insufficiently glazed.
verb (used with object), dried, dry·ing.
verb (used without object), dried, dry·ing.
noun, plural drys, dries.
- to make or become completely dry.
- to undergo or cause to undergo detoxification from consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol.
- to make or become completely dry.
- to cease to exist; evaporate.
- Informal.to stop talking.
- (in acting) to forget one's lines or part.
- dry abscess,
- dry adiabatic lapse rate,
- dry as dust,
- dry battery,
- dry beer
Origin of dry
Examples from the Web for dryly
“They sure took the Sony thing seriously,” Attkisson said dryly.Ex-CBS Reporter Sharyl Attkisson’s Battle Royale With the Feds|Lloyd Grove|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
I shivered a little, and dryly advised him to remember better where he had stored the precious liquid.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show|Robert W. Chambers|February 20, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He hated TV for chasing fads and its vacuousness, but also because it paid him too little, notes Itzkoff dryly.Paddy Chayefsky: The Dark Prophet of ‘Network’ News|Tim Teeman|February 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
When we chatted in 2011, Rourke dryly noted that his songwriting credits with Morrissey resulted in no royalties.Bigmouth Strikes Again: Smiths Bassist Andy Rourke Tells All|Michael Moynihan|October 13, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Arias dryly responded that her memory was affected by men screaming at her the way Martinez and Alexander had done.
No wonder you lost that fish,” said the artist, dryly, “if you waste your time making bad jokes.Will of the Mill|George Manville Fenn
"That's a matter never bothered me much when I was camping," added Tug, dryly.The Ice Queen|Ernest Ingersoll
"I suppose you would rather be at Hope than here," remarked Songbird, dryly.The Rover Boys in Business|Arthur M. Winfield
"I should think it would altogether depend on what replaces us," said the other, dryly.The Purple Heights|Marie Conway Oemler
Step Hen told him dryly, which of course was a little thrust at the heft of the stout scout.The Boy Scouts Along the Susquehanna|Herbert Carter
adjective drier, driest, dryer or dryest
- informalin need of a drink; thirsty
- causing thirstdry work
verb dries, drying or dried
noun plural drys or dries
Word Origin for dry
Old English dryge, from Proto-Germanic *draugiz (cf. Middle Low German dröge, Middle Dutch druge, Dutch droog, Old High German trucchon, German trocken, Old Norse draugr), from PIE *dreug-.
Meaning "barren" is mid-14c. Of humor or jests, early 15c. (implied in dryly); as "uninteresting, tedious" from 1620s. Of places prohibiting alcoholic drink, 1870 (but dry feast, one at which no liquor is served, is from late 15c.; colloquial dry (n.) "prohibitionist" is 1888, American English). Dry goods (1708) were those measured out in dry, not liquid, measure. Dry land (that not under the sea) is from early 13c. Dry run is from 1940s.
Old English drygan, related to dry (adj.). Related: Dried; drying. Of the two agent noun spellings, drier is the older (1520s), while dryer (1874) was first used of machines. Dry out in the drug addiction sense is from 1967. Dry up "stop talking" is 1853.
In addition to the idioms beginning with dry
- dry as dust
- dry behind the ears
- dry out
- dry run
- dry up
- cut and dried
- hang out to dry
- high and dry
- keep one's powder dry
- well's run dry