(noun, adjective, verb)


1. 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

Similar word(s): adust, baked, parched, scorched, sunbaked, arid, waterless, desiccated, dried, sear, sere, shriveled, shrivelled, withered, rainless, semiarid, thirsty

2. humorously sarcastic or mocking

- dry humor

Similar word(s): humorous, humourous, ironic, ironical, wry

3. lacking moisture or volatile components

- dry paint

4. opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

- the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers

- a dry state

5. not producing milk

- a dry cow

Similar word(s): milkless

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

- a dry white burgundy

- a dry Bordeaux

Similar word(s): nonsweet, sugarless, brut, sec, unsweet, sour

7. without a mucous or watery discharge

- a dry cough

- that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose

8. not shedding tears

- dry sobs

- with dry eyes

Similar word(s): tearless

9. lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless

- a dry book

- a dry lecture filled with trivial details

Similar word(s): unexciting, unstimulating, juiceless

10. used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

- dry weight

Similar word(s): solid

11. unproductive especially of the expected results

- a dry run

- a mind dry of new ideas

Similar word(s): unproductive

12. having no adornment or coloration

- dry facts

- rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner

Similar word(s): plain

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

- dry toast

- dry meat

Similar word(s): plain

14. having a large proportion of strong liquor

- a very dry martini is almost straight gin

Similar word(s): alcoholic

15. lacking warmth or emotional involvement

- a dry greeting

- a dry reading of the lines

- a dry critique

Similar word(s): unemotional

16. practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages

- he's been dry for ten years

Similar word(s): sober, teetotal

Sentences with dry as an adjective:

- Could you hand me a dry towel?

- My throat feels itchy and dry.

- Cover the chicken as it bakes or it'll get too dry.

- Dry alcohol is 200 proof.

- I like to take a dry sherry before lunch on Sundays.

- A former alcoholic, he's been dry for almost a year now.

- You'll have to drive out of this dry county to find any liquor.

- It was a dry house.

- The cow is dry.

- a very dry lecture on archaeology


1. a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages

Similar word(s): prohibitionist

Definition categories: person, crusader, meliorist, reformer, reformist


1. remove the moisture from and make dry

- Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.

- dry hair

Definition categories: change, alter, modify

2. become dry or drier

- The laundry dries in the sun

Definition categories: change