Meaning of DRY in English

DRY

/ draɪ; NAmE / adjective , verb

■ adjective

( drier , dri·est )

NOT WET

1.

not wet, damp or sticky; without water or moisture :

Is my shirt dry yet?

Store onions in a cool dry place.

I'm afraid this cake has turned out very dry.

Her mouth felt as dry as a bone (= completely dry) .

When the paint is completely dry, apply another coat.

It was high summer and the rivers were dry (= had no water in them) .

—see also bone dry

OPP wet

LITTLE RAIN

2.

with very little rain :

weeks of hot dry weather

the dry season

I hope it stays dry for our picnic.

Rattlesnakes occur in the warmer, drier parts of North America.

SYN wet

SKIN / HAIR

3.

without the natural oils that makes it soft and healthy :

a shampoo for dry hair

COUGH

4.

that does not produce any phlegm (= the thick liquid that forms in the nose and throat) :

a dry hacking cough

BREAD

5.

eaten on its own without any butter, jam, etc. :

Breakfast consisted of dry bread and a cup of tea.

WINE

6.

not sweet :

a crisp dry white wine

a dry sherry

OPP sweet

HUMOUR

7.

( approving ) very clever and expressed in a quiet way that is not obvious; often using irony :

He was a man of few words with a delightful dry sense of humour.

WITHOUT EMOTION

8.

not showing emotion :

a dry voice

BORING

9.

not interesting :

Government reports tend to make dry reading.

➡ note at boring

WITHOUT ALCOHOL

10.

without alcohol; where it is illegal to buy, sell or drink alcohol :

We had a dry wedding (= no alcoholic drinks were served) .

a dry county / state

THIRSTY

11.

( informal , especially BrE ) thirsty; that makes you thirsty :

I'm a bit dry.

This is dry work.

►  dryly = drily

►  dry·ness noun [ U ]

IDIOMS

- milk / suck sb/sth dry

- not a dry eye in the house

- run dry

—more at bleed , high adjective , home adverb , powder noun , squeeze verb

■ verb

( dries , dry·ing , dried , dried ) to become dry; to make sth dry :

[ v ]

Be careful. The paint hasn't dried yet.

You wash the dishes and I'll dry.

[ vn ]

Use this towel to dry your hands.

dry your hair

to dry your eyes / tears (= stop crying)

PHRASAL VERBS

- dryoff | dry sb/sth off

- dry out | dry sb out

- dry out | dry sth out

- dry up

- dry up | dry sth up

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WORD ORIGIN

Old English drӯge (adjective), drӯgan (verb), of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German dröge , Dutch droog , and German trocken .

Oxford Advanced Learner's English Dictionary.      Оксфордский английский словарь для изучающик язык на продвинутом уровне.