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English adjective: dry

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

SamplesDry land.
Dry clothes.
A dry climate.
Dry splintery boards.
A dry river bed.
The paint is dry.

Similaradust, air-dried, air-dry, arid, baked, bone dry, bone-dry, desiccated, dried, dried-out, dried-up, dried-up, dry-shod, kiln-dried, parched, rainless, scorched, sear, semi-dry, semiarid, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, sunbaked, thirsty, waterless, withered



2. dry humorously sarcastic or mocking

SamplesDry humor.
An ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely.
An ironic novel.
An ironical smile.
With a wry Scottish wit.

Synonymsironic, ironical, wry

Similarhumorous, humourous

Antonymshumorless, humourless, unhumorous

3. dry lacking moisture or volatile components

SamplesDry paint.


4. dry opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

SamplesThe dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers.
A dry state.


5. dry not producing milk

SamplesA dry cow.


Antonymslactating, wet

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

SamplesA dry white burgundy.
A dry Bordeaux.

Similarbrut, medium-dry, sec, unsweet

See alsononsweet, sour, sugarless


7. dry without a mucous or watery discharge

SamplesA dry cough.
That rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose.


8. dry not shedding tears

SamplesDry sobs.
With dry eyes.

Similardry-eyed, tearless


9. dry lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless

SamplesA dry book.
A dry lecture filled with trivial details.
Dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life.


Similarunexciting, unstimulating


10. dry used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

SamplesDry weight.


Antonymsgaseous, liquid

11. dry unproductive especially of the expected results

SamplesA dry run.
A mind dry of new ideas.



12. dry having no adornment or coloration

SamplesDry facts.
Rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner.



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

SamplesDry toast.
Dry meat.



14. dry having a large proportion of strong liquor

SamplesA very dry martini is almost straight gin.



15. dry lacking warmth or emotional involvement

SamplesA dry greeting.
A dry reading of the lines.
A dry critique.



16. dry practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages

SamplesHe's been dry for ten years.
No thank you; I happen to be teetotal.



Antonymsdrunk, inebriated, intoxicated

English noun: dry

1. dry (person) a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages


Broader (hypernym)crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer

Instance hyponymCarry Amelia Moore Nation, Carry Nation, Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard, Nation, Willard

English verb: dry

1. dry (change) remove the moisture from and make dry

SamplesDry clothes.
Dry hair.

Synonymsdry out

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)alter, change, modify

Narrower (hyponym)air, blow-dry, dehumidify, dehydrate, dehydrate, desiccate, desiccate, drip-dry, dry up, exsiccate, parch, rough-dry, sear, spin-dry, spray-dry, tumble dry

Causedry, dry out


2. dry (change) become dry or drier

SamplesThe laundry dries in the sun.

Synonymsdry out

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)change

Narrower (hyponym)dry out, run dry, scorch

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