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See definition of dry on Dictionary.com
  • adj.moistureless
  • adj.dull, uninteresting
  • adj.sarcastic, sharp-tongued
  • verbtake moisture out of

synonyms for dry

  • arid
  • bare
  • barren
  • dehydrated
  • dusty
  • parched
  • stale
  • torrid
  • baked
  • depleted
  • desert
  • desiccant
  • desiccated
  • drained
  • evaporated
  • exhausted
  • impoverished
  • sapped
  • sear
  • shriveled
  • anhydrous
  • athirst
  • bald
  • dried-up
  • droughty
  • hard
  • juiceless
  • not irrigated
  • rainless
  • sapless
  • thirsty
  • unmoistened
  • waterless
See also synonyms for: dried / dryness

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?

Is it dries or drys?

antonyms for dry

MOST RELEVANT
  • damp
  • full
  • moist
  • wet
  • dripping
  • humid
  • juicy
  • soaked
  • soggy
  • watery
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How to use dry in a sentence

Conventional wisdom says sweeter, or off-dry wines pair best with hot and spicy dishes.
THE NEW WINE RULES: DRINK WHAT YOU LIKE WITH WHAT YOU WANT TO EATDAVE MCINTYREFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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.
THIS $14 ITALIAN RED IS A GEM THAT INVITES A PAIRING WITH A POT ROAST OR PASTADAVE MCINTYREFEBRUARY 12, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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.
TIM COOK PIVOTS TO FITNESSMICHAEL ROBERTSFEBRUARY 10, 2021OUTSIDE ONLINE
Another winter storm is possible over the weekend before a cold and dry Presidents’ Day.
D.C.-AREA FORECAST: CLOUDY AND MILDER TODAY BEFORE WINTER STORM THREATS ARRIVEMATT ROGERSFEBRUARY 9, 2021WASHINGTON POST
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.
‘PROACTIVE IS THE PATH’: GROUP NINE’S GEOFF SCHILLER ON HIS SELLING STRATEGYKAYLEIGH BARBERFEBRUARY 9, 2021DIGIDAY
Add a dry starter to your order so they don’t have to figure out how to make their own.
FROM THE CUT: 33 VALENTINE’S DAY GIFTS FOR THE FOODIE IN YOUR LIFETHE CUT STAFFFEBRUARY 8, 2021EATER
In both cases, wait to repaint until the first coat is dry to the touch, which should happen within 20 to 25 minutes.
YES, YOU CAN REPAINT PLASTIC OUTDOOR CHAIRSJEANNE HUBERFEBRUARY 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
If it sinks to our south, it will be probably be dry but cold, with freezing highs.
D.C.-AREA FORECAST: COLD TODAY BEFORE ANOTHER POSSIBLE WINTER STORM STARTING WEDNESDAY NIGHTJASON SAMENOWFEBRUARY 8, 2021WASHINGTON POST
We’re dry and mostly cloudy through much of the day with chilly highs in the 30s.
SNOW ENDS, LEADING TO AN AFTERNOON OF MELTING; MORE STORM CHANCES TO COME THIS WEEKBRIAN JACKSON, DAN STILLMAN, ANDREW FREEDMANFEBRUARY 7, 2021WASHINGTON POST
It’s filled with chocolate-covered organic nuts and dried fruits.
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WORDS RELATED TO DRY

  • absorptive
  • bibulous
  • dry
  • imbibing
  • penetrable
  • permeable
  • porous
  • pregnable
  • retentive
  • spongy
  • thirsty
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