Definition for dry

adjective as in dull, uninteresting

adjective as in sarcastic, sharp-tongued

verb as in take moisture out of

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Example Sentences

Conventional wisdom says sweeter, or off-dry wines pair best with hot and spicy dishes.

GREAT VALUEZeni FeF Collection, Corvina Veronese 2018Lively and bright, with savory flavors dried fig and wild herbs, this delicious red is a pick-me-up for your palate.

Now, as we walk along a pathway winding between shrubs and dry grasses, Cook makes the case that the Watch has ushered in a new era of fitness tracking, and not just for dedicated athletes.

Another winter storm is possible over the weekend before a cold and dry Presidents’ Day.

Last year proved to be one of the most challenging years on record for the media industry with ad revenue drying up in the second quarter, but for Group Nine, it was magnified by its entry into its first full year following the merger with PopSugar.

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My understanding was that according to most Christian beliefs, being trans or gay was a sin, cut and dry.

Fold the parchment paper with the dry ingredients in half and pour into the stand mixer.

Allow beans to cool completely then remove to a paper towel-lined plate to dry.

Even when he opens up, the sentences are wooden, the scenes sucked dry of emotion.

Extra dry, for example, is actually sweeter than brut, which is drier than demi-sec, which is somewhat sweet.

The tears came so fast to Mrs. Pontellier's eyes that the damp sleeve of her peignoir no longer served to dry them.

But Polavieja started his campaign with the immense advantage of having the whole of the dry season before him.

Their method of curing the leaves was to air-dry them and then packing them until wanted for use.

The smoke from her kitchen fire rose white as she put in dry sumac to give it a start.

Turn we our backs to the cold gloomy north, to the wet windy west, to the dry parching east—on to the south!


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Frequently Asked Questions

What is another word for dry?

Dry has a lot of meanings that stem from its literal meaning: free from moisture.

Something that is completely dry in this sense can be described as bone-dry, desert-dry, or dry as dust.

Deserts and other dry environments—those without rain or humidity—are often described as arid. Sometimes, arid implies that such an environment is also barren (lacking vegetation due to the lack of water).

The land in such places could be described as parched, which is also used to describe someone who is thirsty (whose throat is dry).

A dry climate is one without much rain. An extended period of dry weather is called a drought. The adjective droughty can describe dry weather, but it’s not commonly used.

Something that has become dry due to a loss of moisture could be described as dried-up. Depending on the cause of the moisture loss, it could be described as drained or evaporated.

A plant that has dried up could be described as withered or shriveled. An uncommon synonym is sere.

Something that has had its moisture removed intentionally could be described as dried, as in dried fruits. The word dehydrated is sometimes used to mean the same thing.

A common nonliteral sense of dry is used to describe a particular sense of humor (or a joke) that’s expressed in a straight-faced, matter-of-fact way (as if it weren’t a joke at all). This type of delivery is sometimes described as deadpan. Sarcasm is not the same thing as dry humor, but the two sometimes overlap.

Another nonliteral sense is used to describe something that’s dull or uninteresting because it lacks any exciting or engaging elements, as in The presentation was a bit dry—you need to liven it up a bit.

Describing eyes as dry means there are no tears in them. This is usually used in the negative, as in There wasn’t a dry eye in the audience (meaning that everyone was crying).

A figurative sense of dry means not having or allowing alcohol, as in a dry town.

As a verb, dry means to remove the moisture from something, as in Dry the dishes or to lose moisture, as in Let the dishes dry in the dish drainer. The verb phrase dry off can be used for either sense.

What is the opposite (antonym) of dry?

Dry is the opposite of wet, moist, and damp. There are a lot of words for things that are very wet, such as soaked, drenched, and water-logged.

The opposite of a dry climate is a rainy or humid one.

The opposite of something that’s dry as in dull or uninteresting is something that’s exciting, engaging, or dynamic.

Wet can also be the opposite of the verb dry, as in If the brush is dry, wet it before using it. A perhaps more commonly used synonym of the verb sense of wet is moisten.

Is it dries or drys?

The third person singular form of the verb dry is dries, as in She dries the dishes with a towel or Just leave it there while it dries. However, drys is also a word, although a much less common one—it’s an alternate plural form of the noun dry, which has a few different meanings.

On this page you'll find 231 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to dry, such as: arid, bare, barren, dehydrated, dusty, and parched.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.