dry

UK:*UK and possibly other pronunciationsUK and possibly other pronunciations/ˈdraɪ/US:USA pronunciation: IPA and respellingUSA pronuncation: IPA/draɪ/ ,USA pronunciation: respelling(drī)

Inflections of 'dry' (adjadjective: Describes a noun or pronoun--for example, "a tall girl," "an interesting book," "a big house."):
drier
adj comparative
driest
adj superlative
Inflections of 'dry' (nnoun: Refers to person, place, thing, quality, etc.):
drys
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
dries
nplplural noun: Noun always used in plural form--for example, "jeans," "scissors."
Inflections of 'dry' (v): (⇒ conjugate)
dries
v 3rd person singular
drying
v pres pverb, present participle: -ing verb used descriptively or to form progressive verb--for example, "a singing bird," "It is singing."
dried
v pastverb, past simple: Past tense--for example, "He saw the man." "She laughed."
dried
v past pverb, past participle: Verb form used descriptively or to form verbs--for example, "the locked door," "The door has been locked."

WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
dry /draɪ/USA pronunciation   adj.,  dri•er, dri•est, v.,  dried, dry•ing. 
adj. 
  1. free from moisture;
    not wet:dry branches.
  2. having or characterized by little or no rain:This dry weather is bad for the crops.
  3. not under, in, or on water:[before a noun]to be on dry land.
  4. not now containing liquid;
    empty:a dry river.
  5. not yielding milk:a dry cow.
  6. free from tears:dry eyes.
  7. desiring drink;
    thirsty:[be + ~]I'm so dry; let's stop in the diner for a soda.
  8. causing thirst:dry work.
  9. Foodserved or eaten without butter, jam, etc.:dry toast.
  10. Food(of bread, etc.) stale:The bread was dry.
  11. of or relating to nonliquid substances bought or sold:[before a noun]A peck is a unit of dry measure.
  12. Wine(esp. of wines) not sweet:a dry, white wine.
  13. characterized by or prohibiting the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors:At that time Iowa was a dry state.
  14. free from the use of alcoholic drink;
    sober:The alcoholic has been dry for several years now.
  15. dull;
    uninteresting:Is dictionary making a dry subject?
  16. expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way:dry humor.
  17. unproductive:Even the greatest artists sometimes have dry years.

v. 
  1. to (cause to) become dry or to lose moisture: [+ object]She dried her hair with a towel.[no object]The paint will dry in two hours. Leave the dishes to dry.
  2. dry out, [no object]
    • to undergo treatment for drug or alcohol abuse.
  3. dry up: 
    • to cease to exist;
      evaporate: [no object]The river bed dried up.[+ up + object]The heat had dried up the lake.[+ object + up]The heat had dried it up.
    • [no object][Informal.]to stop talking:Oh, dry up and leave us alone!
dry•ly, adv. 
dry•ness, n. [uncountable]

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
dry  (drī),USA pronunciation adj.,  dri•er, dri•est, v.,  dried, dry•ing, n., pl.  drys, dries. 
adj. 
  1. free from moisture or excess moisture;
    not moist;
    not wet:a dry towel; dry air.
  2. having or characterized by little or no rain:a dry climate; the dry season.
  3. characterized by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.
  4. not under, in, or on water:It was good to be on dry land.
  5. not now containing or yielding water or other liquid;
    depleted or empty of liquid:The well is dry.
  6. Animal Husbandry, Foodnot yielding milk:a dry cow.
  7. free from tears:dry eyes.
  8. drained or evaporated away:a dry river.
  9. desiring drink;
    thirsty:He was so dry he could hardly speak.
  10. causing thirst:dry work.
  11. Foodserved or eaten without butter, jam, etc.:dry toast.
  12. Food(of cooked food) lacking enough moisture or juice to be satisfying or succulent.
  13. Food(of bread and bakery products) stale.
  14. of or pertaining to nonliquid substances or commodities:dry measure; dry provisions.
  15. Wine(of wines) not sweet.
  16. Wine(of a cocktail)
    • made with dry vermouth:a dry Manhattan.
    • made with relatively little dry vermouth:a dry martini.
  17. characterized by or favoring prohibition of the manufacture and sale of alcoholic liquors for use in beverages:a dry state.
  18. Food(of British biscuits) not sweet.
  19. plain;
    bald;
    unadorned:dry facts.
  20. dull;
    uninteresting:a dry subject.
  21. expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way:dry humor.
  22. indifferent;
    cold;
    unemotional:a dry answer.
  23. unproductive:The greatest of artists have dry years.
  24. Building(of lumber) fully seasoned.
  25. Building
    • (of masonry construction) built without fresh mortar or cement.
    • (of a wall, ceiling, etc., in an interior) finished without the use of fresh plaster.
  26. Ceramics
    • unglazed.
    • insufficiently glazed.
  27. Fine Art[Art.]hard and formal in outline, or lacking mellowness and warmth in color.
  28. Idiomsnot dry behind the ears, immature;
    unsophisticated:Adult responsibilities were forced on him, although he was still not dry behind the ears.

v.t. 
  1. to make dry;
    free from moisture:to dry the dishes.

v.i. 
  1. to become dry;
    lose moisture.
  2. dry out: 
    • to make or become completely dry.
    • to undergo or cause to undergo detoxification from consumption of excessive amounts of alcohol.
  3. dry up: 
    • to make or become completely dry.
    • to cease to exist;
      evaporate.
    • [Informal.]to stop talking.
    • (in acting) to forget one's lines or part.

n. 
  1. a prohibitionist.
  2. a dry place, area, or region.
drya•ble, adj. 
dryly, adv. 
dryness, n. 
  • bef. 900; Middle English drie, Old English drȳge; akin to Dutch droog, German trocken; see drought
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged Dry, arid both mean without moisture.
      Dry is the general word indicating absence of water or freedom from moisture:a dry well; dry clothes.Arid suggests great or intense dryness in a region or climate, esp. such as results in bareness or in barrenness:arid tracts of desert.
    • 20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged tedious, barren, boring, tiresome, jejune.
    • 29.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  evaporate. 
    • 30.See corresponding entry in Unabridged dehydrate.
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged wet.
    • 20.See corresponding entry in Unabridged interesting.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
dry /draɪ/ adj (drier, driest, dryer, dryest)
  1. lacking moisture; not damp or wet
  2. having little or no rainfall
  3. not in or under water: dry land
  4. having the water drained away or evaporated: a dry river
  5. not providing milk: a dry cow
  6. (of the eyes) free from tears
  7. informal in need of a drink; thirsty
  8. causing thirst: dry work
  9. eaten without butter, jam, etc: dry toast
  10. (of a wine, cider, etc) not sweet
  11. not accompanied by or producing a mucous or watery discharge: a dry cough
  12. consisting of solid as opposed to liquid substances or commodities
  13. without adornment; plain: dry facts
  14. lacking interest or stimulation: a dry book
  15. lacking warmth or emotion; cold: a dry greeting
  16. (of wit or humour) shrewd and keen in an impersonal, sarcastic, or laconic way
  17. opposed to or prohibiting the sale of alcoholic liquor for human consumption: a dry area
  18. (of a soldered electrical joint) imperfect because the solder has not adhered to the metal, thus reducing conductance
vb (dries, drying, dried)
  1. when intr, often followed by off: to make or become dry or free from moisture
  2. (transitive) to preserve (meat, vegetables, fruit, etc) by removing the moisture
n ( pl drys, dries)
  1. Brit informal a Conservative politician who is considered to be a hard-liner
  2. the dryAustral informal the dry season

See also dry out, dry upEtymology: Old English drӯge; related to Old High German truckan, Old Norse draugr dry wood

ˈdryness n
'dry' also found in these entries (note: many are not synonyms or translations):
Collocations: dried [herself, his legs, her hair], dry [branches, trees, wood, fauna, plants, vegetation], dry (it) with a [towel, hair dryer, cloth], more...

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