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.

Definitions of dry
  1. adjective
    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
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    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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  2. adjective
    lacking moisture or volatile components
    dry paint”
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    Antonyms:
    wet
    containing moisture or volatile components
  3. adjective
    not producing milk
    “a dry cow”
    Synonyms:
    milkless
    having no milk
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    Antonyms:
    lactating, wet
    producing or secreting milk
    fresh
    having recently calved and therefore able to give milk
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  4. adjective
    without a mucous or watery discharge
    “a dry cough”
    “a small child with a dry nose”
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    Antonyms:
    phlegmy
    characterized by phlegm
  5. adjective
    not shedding tears
    dry sobs”
    “with dry eyes”
    Synonyms:
    dry-eyed, tearless
    free from tears
  6. adjective
    used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
    dry weight”
    Synonyms:
    solid
    of definite shape and volume; firm; neither liquid nor gaseous
  7. adjective
    (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
    dry toast”
    dry meat”
    Synonyms:
    plain
    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  8. verb
    remove the moisture from and make dry
    dry clothes”
    dry hair”
    synonyms: dry out
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    Antonyms:
    wet
    cause to become wet
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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
  9. verb
    become dry or drier
    “The laundry dries in the sun”
    synonyms: dry out
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    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
  10. adjective
    lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
    “a dry book”
    “a dry lecture filled with trivial details”
    synonyms: juiceless
    unexciting, unstimulating
    not stimulating
  11. adjective
    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
  12. adjective
    having no adornment or coloration
    dry facts”
    “rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner”
    Synonyms:
    plain
    not elaborate or elaborated; simple
  13. adjective
    unproductive especially of the expected results
    “a dry run”
    “a mind dry of new ideas”
    Synonyms:
    unproductive
    not producing or capable of producing
  14. adjective
    opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
    “the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers”
    “a dry state”
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    Antonyms:
    wet
    supporting or permitting the legal production and sale of alcoholic beverages
  15. adjective
    practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
    “he's been dry for ten years”
    synonyms: teetotal
    sober
    not affected by a chemical substance (especially alcohol)
  16. noun
    a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
    synonyms: prohibitionist
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    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
  17. adjective
    (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
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    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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  18. adjective
    having a large proportion of strong liquor
    “a very dry martini is almost straight gin”
    Synonyms:
    alcoholic
    characteristic of or containing alcohol
  19. adjective
    humorously sarcastic or mocking
    dry humor”
    synonyms: ironic, ironical, wry
    humorous, humourous
    full of or characterized by humor
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