arid

Arid is so dry that nothing will grow. Death Valley in California features an arid climate, which is why it's called Death Valley and not Life Valley.

Arid can also mean terribly dull or lifeless. A textbook about the climate of Death Valley might be called arid if it's written in an uninteresting way. Just like you wouldn't want to live in an arid climate, you wouldn't want to sit through an arid performance of the film-turned-musical, "Some Like it Hot."

PRIMARY MEANINGS OF: arid

1
adj
lacking sufficient water or rainfall
2
adj
lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless
FULL DEFINITIONS OF: arid
1

adj lacking sufficient water or rainfall

“an arid climate”
Synonyms:
waterless
dry
free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
2

adj lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

“a technically perfect but arid performance of the sonata”
Synonyms:
desiccate, desiccated
dull
lacking in liveliness or animation
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