Meaning of DRY in English

adj. 25B6; adjective

the dry desert : ARID, parched, droughty, scorched, baked; waterless, moistureless, rainless; dehydrated, desiccated, thirsty, bone dry.

dry leaves : PARCHED, dried, withered, shrivelled, wilted, wizened; crisp, crispy, brittle; dehydrated, desiccated.

the hamburgers were dry : HARD, stale, old, past its best; off.

a dry well : WATERLESS, empty.

I'm really dry : THIRSTY, dehydrated; informal parched, gasping.

it was dry work : THIRSTY, thirst-making; hot; strenuous, arduous.

dry toast : UNBUTTERED, butterless, plain.

the dry facts : BARE, simple, basic, fundamental, stark, bald, hard, straightforward.

a dry debate : DULL, uninteresting, boring, unexciting, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dreary, monotonous; unimaginative, sterile, flat, bland, lacklustre, stodgy, prosaic, humdrum, mundane; informal deadly.

a dry sense of humour : WRY, subtle, laconic, sharp; ironic, sardonic, sarcastic, cynical; satirical, mocking, droll; informal waggish; Brit. informal sarky.

a dry response to his cordial advance : UNEMOTIONAL, indifferent, impassive, cool, cold, emotionless; reserved, restrained, impersonal, formal, stiff, wooden.

this is a dry state : TEETOTAL, prohibitionist, alcohol-free, non-drinking, abstinent, sober; informal on the wagon.

dry white wine : CRISP, sharp, piquant, tart, bitter.

wet, moist, fresh, lively, emotional, sweet.

25B6; verb

the sun dried the ground : PARCH, scorch, bake; dehydrate, desiccate, dehumidify.

dry the leaves completely : DEHYDRATE, desiccate; wither, shrivel.

he dried the dishes : TOWEL, rub; mop up, blot up, soak up, absorb.

she dried her eyes : WIPE, rub, dab.

methods of drying meat : DESICCATE, dehydrate; preserve, cure, smoke.


25A0; dry out GIVE UP DRINKING, give up alcohol, become teetotal, take the pledge; informal go on the wagon.

25A0; dry up

(informal) he dried up and didn't say another thing : STOP SPEAKING, stop talking, fall silent, shut up; forget one's words.

investment may dry up : DWINDLE, subside, peter out, wane, taper off, ebb, come to a halt/end, run out, give out, disappear, vanish.

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