Meaning of DRY in English

■ adjective ( drier , driest )

1》 free from moisture or liquid.

↘not yielding water, oil, or milk: a ~ well.

↘without grease or other moisturizer or lubricator: ~ hair.

2》 (of information, writing, etc.) dully factual.

↘unemotional or undemonstrative.

3》 (of humour) subtle and expressed in a matter-of-fact way.

4》 prohibiting the sale or consumption of alcoholic drink.

↘no longer drinking alcohol.

5》 (of wine) not sweet.

■ verb ( dries , ~ing , dried )

1》 become or make ~.

↘[usu. as adjective dried ] preserve by evaporating the moisture from: dried milk.

2》 ( ~ up ) (of a supply or flow) decrease and stop.

3》 theatrical slang forget one's lines.

↘( ~ up ) informal cease talking.

4》 ( ~ out ) informal overcome alcoholism.

■ noun ( plural dries or ~s )

1》 ( the ~ ) chiefly Austral. the ~ season.

↘a tract of waterless country.

2》 Brit. a Conservative politician (especially in the 1980s) in favour of strict monetarist policies.

3》 US a person in favour of the prohibition of alcohol.


come up ~ N. Amer. informal be unsuccessful.


~ish adjective

~ness noun


OE ~̄ge (adjective), ~̄gan (v.), of Gmc origin.

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