dry




Things that are dry lack moisture. A desert or a dessert can be dry. If your eyes are dry, you’ve stopped crying. It’s also a flavor that means the opposite of sweet.

The Sahara Desert and crumbly chocolate cake are both dry. Dry is also a verb — when you paint your kitchen, you have to wait for the first coat to dry before you can add another. If someone says you have a dry sense of humor, they mean that you have a subtle style, keeping a straight face even when you say something outrageous.

Definitions of dry
  1. adjective

    free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet

    dry land”
    dry clothes”
    “a
    dry climate”
    dry splintery boards”
    “a
    dry river bed”
    “the paint is
    dry
    Synonyms:

    adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked

    dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
    air-dried

    made dry by contact with unheated air
    air-dry

    not giving off moisture on exposure to the air
    arid, waterless

    lacking sufficient water or rainfall
    bone dry, bone-dry

    without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone
    desiccated, dried-out

    thoroughly dried out
    dried

    not still wet
    dried-up

    depleted of water
    dried-up, sear, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, withered

    (used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
    dry-shod

    having or keeping the feet or shoes dry
    kiln-dried

    dried in a kiln
    rainless

    lacking rain
    semiarid

    somewhat arid
    semi-dry

    somewhat dry
    thirsty

    needing moisture
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    Antonyms:

    wet

    covered or soaked with a liquid such as water
    bedewed, dewy

    wet with dew
    besprent

    sprinkled over
    boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloppy, sloughy, soggy, squashy, swampy, waterlogged

    (of soil) soft and watery
    clammy, dank

    unpleasantly cool and humid
    damp, dampish, moist

    slightly wet
    sodden, soppy

    wet through and through; thoroughly wet
    drippy, drizzly

    wet with light rain
    humid

    containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor
    misty

    wet with mist
    muggy, steamy, sticky

    hot or warm and humid
    reeking, watery

    wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or tears
    rheumy

    moist, damp, wet (especially of air)
    sloppy

    wet or smeared with a spilled liquid or moist material
    rainy, showery

    (of weather) wet by periods of rain
    steaming, steamy

    filled with steam or emitting moisture in the form of vapor or mist
    sticky

    moist as with undried perspiration and with clothing sticking to the body
    tacky

    (of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
    undried

    still wet or moist
    washed

    wet as from washing; sometimes used in combination
    watery

    filled with water
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  2. adjective

    lacking moisture or volatile components

    dry paint”
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    Antonyms:

    wet

    containing moisture or volatile components

  3. adjective

    not producing milk

    “a
    dry cow”
    Synonyms:

    milkless

    having no milk
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    Antonyms:

    lactating, wet

    producing or secreting milk
    fresh

    having recently calved and therefore able to give milk
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  4. adjective

    without a mucous or watery discharge

    “a
    dry cough”
    “a small child with a
    dry nose”
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    Antonyms:

    phlegmy

    characterized by phlegm

  5. adjective

    not shedding tears

    dry sobs”
    “with
    dry eyes”
    Synonyms:

    dry-eyed, tearless

    free from tears
  6. adjective

    used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

    dry weight”
    Synonyms:

    solid

    of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous
  7. adjective

    (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish

    dry toast”
    dry meat”
    Synonyms:

    plain

    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  8. verb

    remove the moisture from and make dry

    dry clothes”
    dry hair”
    synonyms:
    dry out
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    Antonyms:

    wet

    cause to become wet
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    dehydrate, desiccate, dry up, exsiccate

    lose water or moisture
    dehydrate, desiccate

    remove water from
    spin-dry

    dry (clothes) by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces
    tumble dry

    dry by spinning with hot air inside a cylinder
    spray-dry

    dry by bringing into the form of a spray, through contact with a hot gas
    dehumidify

    make less humid
    parch, sear

    cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat
    rough-dry

    dry without smoothing or ironing
    blow-dry

    dry hair with a hair dryer
    drip-dry

    dry by hanging up wet
    air

    expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
    type of:

    alter, change, modify

    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

  9. verb

    become dry or drier

    “The laundry
    dries in the sun”
    synonyms:
    dry out
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    types:

    scorch

    become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions
    dry out, run dry

    become empty of water
    type of:

    change

    undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one’s or its original nature

  10. adjective

    lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless

    “a
    dry book”
    “a
    dry lecture filled with trivial details”
    synonyms:
    juiceless

    unexciting, unstimulating

    not stimulating
  11. adjective

    lacking warmth or emotional involvement

    “a
    dry greeting”
    “a
    dry reading of the lines”
    “a
    dry critique”
    Synonyms:

    unemotional

    unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion
  12. adjective

    having no adornment or coloration

    dry facts”
    “rattled off the facts in a
    dry mechanical manner”
    Synonyms:

    plain

    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  13. adjective

    unproductive especially of the expected results

    “a
    dry run”
    “a mind
    dry of new ideas”
    Synonyms:

    unproductive

    not producing or capable of producing
  14. adjective

    opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

    “the
    dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers”
    “a
    dry state”
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    Antonyms:

    wet

    supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages

  15. adjective

    practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages

    “he’s been
    dry for ten years”
    synonyms:
    teetotal

    sober

    not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
  16. noun

    a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages

    synonyms:
    prohibitionist
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    examples:

    Carry Amelia Moore Nation

    United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
    Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard

    United States advocate of temperance and women’s suffrage (1839-1898)
    type of:

    crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer

    a disputant who advocates reform

  17. adjective

    (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation

    “a
    dry white burgundy”
    “a
    dry Bordeaux”
    Synonyms:

    nonsweet, sugarless

    not containing sugar
    brut

    (of champagne) extremely dry
    medium-dry

    of a wine that is dry but not extremely dry
    sec, unsweet

    (of champagne) moderately dry
    sour

    having a sharp biting taste
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    sweet

    (used of wines) having a high residual sugar content
    sugary

    containing sugar
    sweet

    having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
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  18. adjective

    having a large proportion of strong liquor

    “a very
    dry martini is almost straight gin”
    Synonyms:

    alcoholic

    characteristic of or containing alcohol
  19. adjective

    humorously sarcastic or mocking

    dry humor”
    synonyms:
    ironic, ironical, wry

    humorous, humourous

    full of or characterized by humor

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