[ UK /dɹˈa‍ɪ/ ]
[ US /ˈdɹaɪ/ ]
  1. lacking moisture or volatile components
    dry paint
  2. used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
    dry weight
  3. lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
    a dry lecture filled with trivial details
    a dry book
    dull and juiceless as only book knowledge can be when it is unrelated to...life
  4. not shedding tears
    dry sobs
    with dry eyes
  5. humorously sarcastic or mocking
    an ironic novel
    with a wry Scottish wit
    an ironical smile
    dry humor
    an ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely
  6. having no adornment or coloration
    dry facts
    rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner
  7. (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
    a dry white burgundy
    a dry Bordeaux
  8. not producing milk
    a dry cow
  9. having a large proportion of strong liquor
    a very dry martini is almost straight gin
  10. opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
    the dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers
    a dry state
  11. free from liquid or moisture; lacking natural or normal moisture or depleted of water; or no longer wet
    dry land
    a dry river bed
    the paint is dry
    dry clothes
    dry splintery boards
    a dry climate
    dry clothes
  12. lacking warmth or emotional involvement
    a dry critique
    a dry greeting
    a dry reading of the lines
  13. practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
    no thank you; I happen to be teetotal
    he's been dry for ten years
  14. without a mucous or watery discharge
    that rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose
    a dry cough
  15. unproductive especially of the expected results
    a mind dry of new ideas
    a dry run
  16. (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
    dry meat
    dry toast
  1. a reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages
  1. remove the moisture from and make dry
    dry clothes
    dry hair
    dry clothes
  2. become dry or drier
    The laundry dries in the sun
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How To Use dry In A Sentence

  • They kept to the brush and trees, and invariably the man halted and peered out before crossing a dry glade or naked stretch of upland pasturage. War
  • Demos they may be but these Hazlewood rarities are rounded, rustic country songs: lustrous and lustful, quirkily and dryly humorous, yet poignant stories from the other side of love.
  • Toast sandwiches in a dry skillet over medium-low heat until outside is golden brown and inside is delightfully melty, about 3 minutes per side.
  • In the spring, you will be letting the leaves wilt on their own and dry up.
  • Sjogren's syndrome "targets and destroys over time the exocrine glands responsible for tear production and saliva -- and is characterized by dryness of the mouth and eyes," said Dr. Michael Belmont, an associate professor of medicine in the division of rheumatology at NYU Langone Medical Center and medical director for Hospital for Joint Diseases. Why Sjogren's syndrome caused Williams to quit U.S. open
  • Rinse the beans in a colander, shake dry and add to the pan. Times, Sunday Times
  • They used dry twigs to start the fire.
  • A spokesman said: ‘Snow will continue through the day with a few dry interludes and it will slowly improve by the afternoon with snow turning more showery.’
  • He slapped away a few dryads, but they still surrounded him.
  • Dry spices are fine too, including garlic, paprika, basil, rosemary and oregano.
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