One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Characterized by a drought or lack of rain.‘a frosty spring and droughty summer combined to give Virginia its worst apple harvest in 20 years’
- 1.1 Having little or no moisture; dry or arid.‘especially affected are trees growing on droughty soils’
- 1.1 Having little or no moisture; dry or arid.
Late 16th century: from drought + -y.
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