When there is a drought somewhere, there's not enough rainfall. In certain areas, a drought can last for weeks, months, sometimes even years! Forget about running your lawn sprinkler during a drought; the water is needed for drinking, bathing, and toilet flushing.

Another way drought can be used is to refer to a shortage of something (other than rainfall) that lasts for a long period of time, like a drought in job growth during a recession. Typically a drought is not a good thing and something you hope to avoid. For example, if your friend Kenny hasn't gone on a date in five years, it's safe to say that he is having a romantic drought.

Definitions of drought

n a shortage of rainfall

“farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season”
Type of:
dryness, waterlessness, xerotes
the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)

n a prolonged shortage

“when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought
Type of:
period, period of time, time period
an amount of time

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