Definition of drip-dry in English:



  • (of a fabric or garment) capable of drying without creasing when hung up after washing.

    ‘drip-dry shirts’
    • ‘How fine it is to kick hooves in the air, stay unsunburned in the sun, wear drip-dry brown fur!’
    • ‘‘Oh, mate…’ I commented out loud. ‘That must've been drip-dry only.’’
    • ‘It's enough to make you head off, sobbing, to buy a pair of Marks & Spencer stay-pressed slacks in easy-care drip-dry nylon.’
    • ‘‘Our bodies are drip-dry,’ says Wendy Bumgardner, Portland, Ore.-based marathon coach and walking columnist.’
    • ‘All eight pairs of underpants, four shirts, four string vests and three drip-dry slacks were burned to ash.’


  • 1 (of fabric or a garment) become dry without forming creases when hung up after washing.

    • ‘Hang one or two racks in a mud room or laundry room, and let shoes and garments drip-dry.’
    • ‘In no time, he had the whole outfit draped over the shower curtain rod to drip-dry.’
    • ‘Apart from anything else, I wore the latter in the Jacuzzi this afternoon and it's still drip-drying in my shower.’
    1. 1.1[with object]Dry (fabric or a garment) by hanging it up after washing.
      ‘it's easy to wash and simple to drip-dry’
      • ‘They need gentle, cool washes and to be drip-dried, though not in the sun, because it deteriorates the wool.’
      • ‘Choosing bright, decorative hooks adds to the entry's appeal, and allows for drip-drying soggy clothes.’



/ˈdrip ˈˌdrī/