Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
1(of land or a climate) having little or no rain; too dry or barren to support vegetation.‘the arid plains north of Cape Town’
dry, dried up, waterless, as dry as a bone, moistureless, parched, scorched, baked, thirstyView synonyms
- ‘Next I'll tell you about my travels to the arid lands south-east of the great Kalahari desert.’
- ‘Indeed, dry and warm storage frequently promotes after-ripening of seeds in species of warm and arid climates.’
- ‘However, from Karadi to Dandi, the land is arid and the vegetation scrubby.’
- ‘After filming he headed for Namibia, wanting to be in a dry hot and arid climate after four months on a boat.’
- ‘The arid climate would easily sap the nutrients and moisture out of them.’
- ‘Ethanol has also been found to contribute to smog in arid climates due to its volatile nature.’
- ‘The arid land of this autonomous republic supports a nomadic lifestyle.’
- ‘The inhabitants are dependent on crop farming which is difficult in the arid land.’
- ‘Intensive irrigation would reshape arid lands and revolutionize rural life.’
- ‘The arid climate makes the desert the best outdoor setting to keep planes free of corrosion.’
- ‘In fact, she says, half of the water used in that arid climate is for lawns.’
- ‘These findings are in contrast to earlier work that indicated an arid climate.’
- ‘The arid desert climate gets little rainfall, but the Rio Grande provides water for irrigation.’
- ‘As the sun sets on a bleak plain in the arid Karoo region, the temperature plummets to below freezing.’
- ‘Communities in arid climates often implement strategies for dealing with a lack of rainfall.’
- ‘In the United States, such features show up sporadically in arid lands from New Mexico to Idaho.’
- ‘Hemp grows in virtually all conditions from arid desert to more temperate climes.’
- ‘From the arid climate of the Sahara to the cold wastes of Siberia, man has learnt how to cope in a wide variety of ways with the effects of the atmosphere.’
- ‘It is an arid climate with a few registered inches of rainfall in a normal year.’
- ‘Its feedstock is a special variety of rapeseed bred to do well in the arid climate of southern Colorado.’
2Lacking in interest, excitement, or meaning.‘his arid years in suburbia’
dreary, dull, drab, dry, sterile, banal, colourless, monochrome, unstimulating, uninspiring, flat, boring, uninteresting, monotonous, lifeless, tedious, vapid, jejune, soul-destroyingView synonyms
- ‘Yoga classes without this element seem to me arid and dull.’
- ‘Human stories are more interesting than an arid study of theology.’
Mid 17th century: from French aride or Latin aridus, from arere be dry or parched.
Are you looking for a word for a foolish person? We explore twelve interesting words to describe the dunderheads in your life.
Before you run for the hills, let’s run through a list of ‘run’ expressions that are running through our minds.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.