dry Definition

  • 1free from moisture or liquid; not wet or moist
  • 2not yielding any liquid, especially milk
  • 3lacking interest, liveliness, or humor; dull

Using dry: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dry" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The clothes are still wet; they need to be dried.

  • Example

    I prefer my martini dry.

  • Example

    His jokes fell flat and the audience was left with a dry performance.

dry Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with dry

  • a period of time when there is little or no rain


    The farmers were worried about the dry spell affecting their crops.

  • a rehearsal or practice exercise that is done to prepare for a real event


    We did a dry run of the presentation to make sure everything was working properly.

  • a type of humor characterized by understatement, sarcasm, and irony


    British comedians are known for their dry humor.


Summary: dry in Brief

The term 'dry' [drahy] refers to something that is free from moisture or liquid, lacking interest or humor, or not yielding any liquid. It can describe anything from clothes to humor, as in 'The clothes are still wet; they need to be dried.' 'Dry' extends into phrases like 'dry spell,' and 'dry run,' and describes a type of humor called 'dry humor.'

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