Definition of dryer in US English:


(also drier)


  • 1A machine or device for drying something, especially the hair or laundry.

    ‘putting their sweaters in the big dryer’
    • ‘Maybe someday computers will last as long refrigerators, washers, driers or other home appliances - but not today.’
    • ‘Gas dryers are less expensive to operate than electric dryers.’
    • ‘In American homes, natural gas is used in furnaces, stoves, water heaters, clothes dryers, and other appliances.’
    • ‘Kitchen items, clothes, washing machines, and dryers must be disinfected with bleach, and all surviving interior surfaces should be cleaned to prevent mold growth.’
    • ‘Then I returned to the laundry and found the dryer was done tumbling, but the heating element had failed.’
    • ‘I'm thinking I'll cut the laundry shelf in half, get the dryer mounted on the wall and put the dishwasher underneath it.’
    • ‘All refrigerators, dishwashers, and dryers display an energy guide label indicating the annual estimated cost for operating the appliance or a standardized energy efficiency ratio.’
    • ‘According to the U.S. Department of Energy, electric clothes dryers use more energy than most other home appliances.’
    • ‘The adjoining utility room has further storage units and is plumbed for a washing machine and dryer.’
    • ‘Often-overlooked sources of interior heat gain are lights and household appliances, such as ovens, dishwashers, and dryers.’
    • ‘Most newer refrigerators, dishwashers, washing machines, and dryers let you reduce the energy they consume.’
    • ‘Many of the laundromat's washing machines and dryers are near the front of the building and appear to have avoided damage.’
    • ‘The bathrooms are fully tiled while the fitted kitchens have a full range of appliances including washing machines, dryers and integrated hobs and ovens.’
    • ‘There are two washing machines and two dryers and all users pay.’
    • ‘Commander McQuade said that winter was a peak time for house fires because people were using heaters and dryers.’
    • ‘Electrical dryers are expensive and unaffordable to most small farmers.’
    • ‘Mr O'Connor's support team are still looking for a washing machine, a dryer and a colour TV.’
    • ‘When I grew up in the 1950s, only the wealthy owned color TVs, clothes dryers, stereos, dishwashers and disposals.’
    • ‘We slept in twin bedded rooms, with sheets and duvets provided, and the bathrooms were stocked with soap, towels, hair shampoo and dryers.’
    • ‘I've never really worked a washing machine or dryer before, so I wasn't quite sure just what to do.’
  • 2A substance mixed with oil paint or ink to promote drying.

    • ‘She sat William down in the seat next to Amy and told him about the paints and the dryer.’
    • ‘The nonaqueous media include linseed or stand oils, dryers, varnish, alkyds, molten wax, organic solvent-based acrylic, epoxy, stains, and lacquers.’
    • ‘For solvent-based paints, mildewcides, driers, and antiskinning compounds are added.’
    • ‘In fact, any such improvement conferred on the paint medium was probably due to the incorporation of driers into the oil used in the varnish production.’


Middle English (in the sense ‘person who dries’): from the verb dry + -er.