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"

Related terms: wet dried adust desiccated thirsty sere rainless semiarid dry-shod air-dried air-dry dried-up bone-dry bone-dry arid wetness
2. [ verb ] remove the moisture from and make dry
Synonyms: dry_out

"dry clothes" "dry hair"

Related terms: wet change dehydrate parch rough-dry spray-dry spin-dry blow-dry drip-dry tumble_dry air dehydrate dehumidify tumble
3. [ verb ] become dry or drier
Synonyms: dry_out

"The laundry dries in the sun"

Related terms: change scorch run_dry desiccant
4. [ adjective ] humorously sarcastic or mocking
Synonyms: ironical wry ironic

"dry humor" "an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely" "an ironic novel" "an ironical smile" "with a wry Scottish wit"

Related terms: humorous
5. [ adjective ] suffering from fluid deprivation

"his mouth was dry"

Related terms: thirsty
6. [ adjective ] (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish

"dry toast" "dry meat"

Related terms: plain
7. [ adjective ] not shedding tears

"dry sobs" "with dry eyes"

Related terms: tearless
8. [ adjective ] not producing milk

"a dry cow"

Related terms: wet milkless
9. [ adjective ] having no adornment or coloration

"dry facts" "rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"

Related terms: plain
10. [ adjective ] lacking warmth or emotional involvement

"a dry greeting" "a dry reading of the lines" "a dry critique"

Related terms: unemotional
11. [ adjective ] practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
Synonyms: teetotal

"he's been dry for ten years" "no thank you I happen to be teetotal"

Related terms: sober
12. [ adjective ] used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones

"dry weight"

Related terms: solid
13. [ adjective ] unproductive especially of the expected results

"a dry run" "a mind dry of new ideas"

Related terms: unproductive
14. [ adjective ] lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
Synonyms: juiceless

"a dry book" "a dry lecture filled with trivial details" "dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life"- John Mason Brown

Related terms: unstimulating
15. [ adjective ] (of wines) not sweet because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation

"a dry white burgundy"

Related terms: sweet brut sec sour sugarless
16. [ adjective ] without a mucous or watery discharge

"a dry cough" "that rare thing in the wintertime a small child with a dry nose"

Related terms: phlegmy
17. [ adjective ] having a large proportion of strong liquor

"a very dry martini is almost straight gin"

Related terms: alcoholic
18. [ adjective ] opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages

"the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers" "a dry state"

Related terms: wet
19. [ noun ] Last name, frequency rank in the U.S. is 14923
20. [ noun ] (politics) a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
Synonyms: prohibitionist
Related terms: reformer frances_elizabeth_caroline_willard carry_amelia_moore_nation
Similar spelling:   Drye