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(1)   Practicing complete abstinence from alcoholic beverages
"He's been dry for ten years"
"No thank you; I happen to be teetotal"
(2)   Lacking warmth or emotional involvement
"A dry greeting"
"A dry reading of the lines"
"A dry critique"
(3)   Having a large proportion of strong liquor
"A very dry martini is almost straight gin"
(4)   Without a mucous or watery discharge
"A dry cough"
"That rare thing in the wintertime; a small child with a dry nose"
(5)   Humorously sarcastic or mocking
"Dry humor"
"An ironic remark often conveys an intended meaning obliquely"
"An ironic novel"
"An ironical smile"
"With a wry Scottish wit"
(6)   (of food) eaten without a spread or sauce or other garnish
"Dry toast"
"Dry meat"
(7)   Having no adornment or coloration
"Dry facts"
"Rattled off the facts in a dry mechanical manner"
(8)   Unproductive especially of the expected results
"A dry run"
"A mind dry of new ideas"
(9)   Used of solid substances in contrast with liquid ones
"Dry weight"
(10)   Lacking interest or stimulation; dull and lifeless
"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
(11)   (of liquor) having a low residual sugar content because of decomposition of sugar during fermentation
"A dry white burgundy"
"A dry Bordeaux"
(12)   Not shedding tears
"Dry sobs"
"With dry eyes"
(13)   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"
(14)   Not producing milk
"A dry cow"
(15)   Opposed to or prohibiting the production and sale of alcoholic beverages
"The dry vote led by preachers and bootleggers"
"A dry state"
(16)   Lacking moisture or volatile components
"Dry paint"


(17)   A reformer who opposes the use of intoxicating beverages


(18)   Remove the moisture from and make dry
"Dry clothes"
"Dry hair"
(19)   Become dry or drier
"The laundry dries in the sun"


  1. Free from liquid or moisture.
    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.
  2. Free of water in any state; anhydrous
    Dry alcohol is 200 proof.
  3. Maintaining temperance; void or abstinent from alcoholic beverages.
    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.
  4. Of an alcoholic drink that is not sweet, and /or has a high alcohol content.
    I like to take a dry sherry before lunch on Sundays.
  5. Subtly humorous.

Etymology 2

From , from


  1. To lose moisture.
    The clothes dried on the line.
  2. To remove moisture from.
    Devin dried her eyes with a handkerchief.
  3. To forget the words, to lose your way in a speech.