Definition of drought in English:

drought

noun

  • 1A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall, leading to a shortage of water.

    ‘the cause of Europe's recent droughts’
    mass noun ‘crops have failed because of drought’
    • ‘That shows that we're having many more severe storms, floods, droughts, and heat waves.’
    • ‘In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.’
    • ‘World temperatures are continuing to rise and extreme weather conditions, such as droughts, floods and heatwaves, are becoming alarmingly common.’
    • ‘An increase in floods, droughts, tropical cyclones, and sea levels are also expected to bring a host of health problems in their wake.’
    • ‘Floods, storms, heatwaves and droughts have created headlines in the UK over recent years.’
    • ‘During climate extremes, whether droughts or flooding rains, those on the land feel it most.’
    • ‘At the same time, large chunks of peninsular India receive less than normal rainfall, leading to droughts.’
    • ‘It may be necessary to provide water for high-value trees and shrubs during dry periods or droughts to promote vigorous growth.’
    • ‘From hurricane to droughts, weird weather can shake up the economy.’
    • ‘A high degree of soil exposure also results in high surface evaporation resulting in years of low rainfall becoming severe droughts.’
    • ‘Others have argued that these periods of droughts are not abnormal.’
    • ‘Across the world, extreme weather events such as droughts, floods and hurricanes are becoming more frequent and more intense.’
    • ‘Chinese officials say cloud seeding has helped to relieve severe droughts and water shortages in cities.’
    • ‘The trip is made possible as after four years of drought, recent rainfall means crops may now grow.’
    • ‘The drought began to break in mid-December when heavy general rain fell in Victoria, with more after Christmas.’
    • ‘In many places, including the southern USA, hurricanes or tropical storms sometimes end droughts.’
    • ‘The water hit me cool and refreshingly; like a rain storm after a prolonged drought.’
    • ‘Tree rings can tell stories of fire history, seasons, droughts, and rainfall.’
    • ‘We worked hard through droughts and downpours and no longer walked down to the far hayfield to dream.’
    • ‘Earth is set to warm further in the decades ahead, bringing more and bigger fires, mudslides, heat waves, droughts, and powerful hurricanes.’
    dry spell, dry period, lack of rain, shortage of water
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    1. 1.1 A prolonged absence of a specified thing.
      ‘he ended a five-game goal drought’
      • ‘The Hatters were truly woeful and rarely looked set to end their goal drought.’
      • ‘I am going through a bit of a goal drought at the moment and it would be nice to get a goal or even a few before the end of the season.’
      • ‘The Tallaght man needs to get his act together and tomorrow night would be the perfect time to end his recent goal drought.’
      • ‘The same happened to him two years ago, when after a goal drought he was about to be farmed out to the lower leagues.’
      • ‘Ferrari endured a 16-year drought before regaining their title touch.’
      • ‘Dennis Wise's glancing header ended the team's goal drought - spanning 588 minutes.’
      • ‘So England's men's championship drought continues beyond its 68th year or whatever!’
      • ‘After a long playoff drought, Blackhawks fans starving for success got, well, nothing.’
      • ‘Manchester United's championship drought is over and the fences with the manager have been mended.’
      • ‘This has been despite a well documented two year goal drought.’
      • ‘And the tourism drought hits the Midwest less hard than other parts of the country.’
      • ‘One can only hope that, after the relative goal drought of two years ago in Mali, they and the other 15 nations put on a more exciting spectacle.’
      • ‘Sam must be seriously concerned at a goal drought that threatens to drag us into a relegation struggle.’
      • ‘Is the West in any position to withstand another oil drought?’
      • ‘Bron wants to solve the current armed forces recruitment drought.’
      • ‘Ward broke a 13-game scoring drought at Wimbledon and believes that could be the springboard for a goal burst of his own.’
      • ‘All of Philadelphia is hoping to end that poor town's championship drought.’
      • ‘Robbie Blake curled a trademark free kick just wide and then slipped at the crucial moment when he seemed certain to end his worrying goal drought.’
      • ‘On the rostrum, it became clear just how much winning meant to him after an 11-month drought.’
      • ‘Davies' victory in Sydney ended a 13-month title drought for the Coventry-born player.’
      lack, want, non-existence, unavailability, deficiency, deprivation, dearth
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  • 2archaic, dialect mass noun Thirst.

    ‘I asked for something to slake my drought’
    thirstiness, dryness
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Origin

Late Old English drūgath ‘dryness’, of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.

Pronunciation

drought

/draʊt/