/draɪ / (say druy)

adjective (drier, driest)
1. free from moisture; not moist; not wet.
2. not in or under the waters of the sea, rivers, etc.: the dry land.
3. having little or no rain: a dry climate; a dry season.
4. characterised by absence, deficiency, or failure of natural or ordinary moisture.
5. not under, in, or on water: dry land.
6. not yielding water or other liquid: a dry well.
7. not yielding milk: a dry cow.
8. free from tears: dry eyes.
9. wiped or drained away; evaporated: a dry river.
10. desiring drink; thirsty.
11. causing thirst: dry work.
12. without butter or the like: dry toast.
13. (of a biscuit) not sweet.
14. Art hard and formal in outline; precisely executed.
15. Building Trades (of an interior wall, ceiling, etc.) finished without the use of plastering.
16. plain; bald; unadorned: dry facts.
17. dull; uninteresting: a dry subject.
18. humorous or sarcastic in an unemotional or impersonal way: dry humour.
19. indifferent; cold; unemotional: a dry answer.
20. (of wine and cider) not sweet.
21. of or relating to non-liquid substances or commodities: dry measure.
22. characterised by a prohibition of the consumption or sale of alcohol: a dry ship; a dry community.
23. (of a sheep) not rearing a lamb.
24. (of a cough) not accompanied by the bringing up of mucus, etc.
verb (dried, drying)
verb (t)
25. to make dry; to free from moisture: dry your eyes.
verb (i)
26. to become dry; lose moisture.
noun (plural dries)
27. a dry state, condition, or place.
28. Colloquial dry ginger ale: brandy and dry.
29. Mining a change house usually equipped with baths, lockup cubicles and means of drying wet clothing.
30. someone within a political party, etc., who maintains a hard, uncompromising fiscal policy, as a monetarist (opposed to wet).
31. US Colloquial a prohibitionist.
32. declare dry, to declare sheep to be sufficiently unaffected by rain to enable shearing to continue.
33. dry as a dead dingo's donger, Colloquial extremely dry.
34. dry as a nun's cunt (or nasty), Colloquial (taboo) extremely dry.
35. dry as a Pommy's towel, Colloquial extremely dry.
36. dry out,
a. (of wet things, especially clothes) to dry of their own accord.
b. to subject (an alcoholic or drug addict) to a systematic process of detoxification.
c. (of alcoholics and drug addicts) to rid the body of the drug of dependence.
d. (of drought) to cause (land) to become quite dry: the plain was dried out.
e. (of drought) to afflict (people in rural and outback areas) so severely that they must leave their land.
37. dry up,
a. to become completely dry.
b. to become intellectually barren.
c. Colloquial to stop talking.
38. the big dry, Colloquial a spell of drought.
39. the dry, (sometimes upper case) the rainless season in central and northern Australia and in the tropics generally; in Australia usually from May to November (with transition in April).
{Middle English drie, Old English drȳge; def. 22 US (1870s)
dryness, noun

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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