dry

Things that are dry lack moisture. A desert or a dessert can be dry. If your eyes are dry, you’ve stopped crying. It’s also a flavor that means the opposite of sweet.

The Sahara Desert and crumbly chocolate cake are both dry. Dry is also a verb — when you paint your kitchen, you have to wait for the first coat to dry before you can add another. If someone says you have a dry sense of humor, they mean that you have a subtle style, keeping a straight face even when you say something outrageous.

Primary Meanings of dry

1.
adjv
free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
remove the moisture from and make dry
2.
adj
lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
3.
adjn
opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
4.
adj
(of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
5.
adj
having a large proportion of strong liquor
6.
adj
humorously sarcastic or mocking
Full Definitions of dry
1

adj free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet

dry land”
dry clothes”
“a dry climate”
dry splintery boards”
“a dry river bed”
“the paint is dry
Synonyms:
adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked
dried out by heat or excessive exposure to sunlight
air-dried
made dry by contact with unheated air
air-dry
not giving off moisture on exposure to the air
arid, waterless
lacking sufficient water or rainfall
bone dry, bone-dry
without a trace of moisture; as dry as a weathered bone
desiccated, dried-out
thoroughly dried out
dried
not still wet
dried-up
depleted of water
dried-up, sear, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, withered
(used especially of vegetation) having lost all moisture
dry-shod
having or keeping the feet or shoes dry
kiln-dried
dried in a kiln
rainless
lacking rain
semiarid
somewhat arid
semi-dry
somewhat dry
thirsty
needing moisture
Antonyms:
wet
covered or soaked with a liquid such as water
bedewed, dewy
wet with dew
besprent
sprinkled over
boggy, marshy, miry, mucky, muddy, quaggy, sloppy, sloughy, soggy, squashy, swampy, waterlogged
(of soil) soft and watery
clammy, dank
unpleasantly cool and humid
damp, dampish, moist
slightly wet
sodden, soppy
wet through and through; thoroughly wet
drippy, drizzly
wet with light rain
humid
containing or characterized by a great deal of water vapor
misty
wet with mist
muggy, steamy, sticky
hot or warm and humid
reeking, watery
wet with secreted or exuded moisture such as sweat or tears
rheumy
moist, damp, wet (especially of air)
sloppy
wet or smeared with a spilled liquid or moist material
rainy, showery
(of weather) wet by periods of rain
steaming, steamy
filled with steam or emitting moisture in the form of vapor or mist
sticky
moist as with undried perspiration and with clothing sticking to the body
tacky
(of a glutinous liquid such as paint) not completely dried and slightly sticky to the touch
undried
still wet or moist
washed
wet as from washing; sometimes used in combination
watery
filled with water
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adj lacking moisture or volatile components

dry paint”
Antonyms:
wet
containing moisture or volatile components

adj not producing milk

“a dry cow”
Synonyms:
milkless
having no milk
Antonyms:
lactating, wet
producing or secreting milk
fresh
having recently calved and therefore able to give milk
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adj without a mucous or watery discharge

“a dry cough”
“a small child with a dry nose”
Antonyms:
phlegmy
characterized by phlegm

adj not shedding tears

dry sobs”
“with dry eyes”
Synonyms:
dry-eyed, tearless
free from tears

adj used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

dry weight”
Synonyms:
solid
of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous

adj (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish

dry toast”
dry meat”
Synonyms:
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple

v remove the moisture from and make dry

dry clothes”
dry hair”
Synonyms:
dry out
Antonyms:
wet
cause to become wet
Types:
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dehydrate, desiccate, dry up, exsiccate
lose water or moisture
dehydrate, desiccate
remove water from
spin-dry
dry (clothes) by spinning and making use of centrifugal forces
tumble dry
dry by spinning with hot air inside a cylinder
spray-dry
dry by bringing into the form of a spray, through contact with a hot gas
dehumidify
make less humid
parch, sear
cause to wither or parch from exposure to heat
rough-dry
dry without smoothing or ironing
blow-dry
dry hair with a hair dryer
drip-dry
dry by hanging up wet
air
expose to warm or heated air, so as to dry
Type of:
alter, change, modify
cause to change; make different; cause a transformation

v become dry or drier

“The laundry dries in the sun”
Synonyms:
dry out
Types:
scorch
become scorched or singed under intense heat or dry conditions
dry out, run dry
become empty of water
Type of:
change
undergo a change; become different in essence; losing one's or its original nature
2

adj lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless

“a dry book”
“a dry lecture filled with trivial details”
Synonyms:
juiceless
unexciting, unstimulating
not stimulating

adj lacking warmth or emotional involvement

“a dry greeting”
“a dry reading of the lines”
“a dry critique”
Synonyms:
unemotional
unsusceptible to or destitute of or showing no emotion

adj having no adornment or coloration

dry facts”
“rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner”
Synonyms:
plain
not elaborate or elaborated; simple

adj unproductive especially of the expected results

“a dry run”
“a mind dry of new ideas”
Synonyms:
unproductive
not producing or capable of producing
3

adj opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

“the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers”
“a dry state”
Antonyms:
wet
supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages

adj practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages

“he's been dry for ten years”
Synonyms:
teetotal
sober
not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)

n a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages

Synonyms:
prohibitionist
Examples:
Carry Amelia Moore Nation
United States prohibitionist who raided saloons and destroyed bottles of liquor with a hatchet (1846-1911)
Frances Elizabeth Caroline Willard
United States advocate of temperance and women's suffrage (1839-1898)
Type of:
crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist, social reformer
a disputant who advocates reform
4

adj (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation

“a dry white burgundy”
“a dry Bordeaux”
Synonyms:
nonsweet, sugarless
not containing sugar
brut
(of champagne) extremely dry
medium-dry
of a wine that is dry but not extremely dry
sec, unsweet
(of champagne) moderately dry
sour
having a sharp biting taste
Antonyms:
sweet
(used of wines) having a high residual sugar content
sugary
containing sugar
sweet
having or denoting the characteristic taste of sugar
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5

adj having a large proportion of strong liquor

“a very dry martini is almost straight gin”
Synonyms:
alcoholic
characteristic of or containing alcohol
6

adj humorously sarcastic or mocking

dry humor”
Synonyms:
ironic, ironical, wry
humorous, humourous
full of or characterized by humor

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