Definition of dryasdust in English:

dryasdust

noun

  • A boring, pedantic speaker or writer.

    • ‘The whole work, far from being dryasdust scholarship, is a rattling good yarn.’
    • ‘He would not be a dryasdust.’

adjective

  • Dull and boring.

Origin

Late 19th century: from the name of the character Dr. Jonas Dryasdust, featured in prefaces to Sir Walter Scott's novels.

Pronunciation

dryasdust

/ˌdraɪəzˈdəst//ˌdrīəzˈdəst/