Synonyms of dry in English:

dry


See definition of dry

adjective

1‘the dry desert lay behind’

SYNONYMS

arid, parched, scorched, baked, burned, dried out, dried up, torrid, hot, sizzling, burning

waterless, moistureless, rainless

dehydrated, desiccated

thirsty

as dry as a bone, bone dry, as dry as dust

rare droughty, torrefied

ANTONYMS

wet

2‘the crackle of dry leaves’

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parched, dried, withered, shrivelled, wilted, wizened

crisp, crispy, brittle

dehydrated, desiccated, sun-baked

sapless, juiceless

ANTONYMS

fresh

3‘the hamburgers were dry’

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hard, hardened, dried out, stale, old, past its best, past its sell-by date, off

ANTONYMS

fresh, moist

4‘the river is dry’

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waterless, dried out, empty

5‘I brought a few beers in case you got dry’

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thirsty, dehydrated, longing for a drink

informal parched, gasping

6‘it was dry work’

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thirst-making, thirst-provoking, thirsty, hot, strenuous, arduous, heavy, tiring, exhausting

7‘a piece of dry toast’

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unbuttered, plain, butterless

8‘the story brings the dry facts to life’

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bare, simple, basic, fundamental, stark, naked, bald, cold, hard, straightforward

unadorned, unembellished

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embellished

9‘a dry debate on science policy’

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dull, uninteresting, boring, unexciting, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dreary, monotonous, dry as dust, arid

unimaginative, sterile, flat, bland, insipid, lacklustre, stodgy, colourless, lifeless, prosaic, run-of-the-mill, humdrum, mundane, commonplace, workaday, quotidian, routine, vapid

stiff, leaden, wooden

informal deadly

British informal samey

Scottish informal dreich

ANTONYMS

interesting, lively

10‘he's got a dry sense of humour’

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wry, subtle, low-key, laconic, sly, sharp

deadpan, straight-faced, poker-faced

ironic, sardonic, sarcastic, cynical, mordant, biting

satirical, mocking, scoffing, droll, waggish

British informal sarky

11‘he was nonplussed by this dry response to his cordial advance’

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unemotional, indifferent, undemonstrative, impassive, cool, cold, clinical, passionless, emotionless

aloof, reserved, remote, distant, restrained, impersonal, formal, stiff, rigid, wooden, starchy

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emotional, expressive

12‘sorry, this is a dry state’

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Prohibitionist

teetotal, alcohol-free, non-drinking, abstinent

clean, sober

informal on the wagon, straight

13‘dry white wine’

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crisp, sharp, piquant, not sweet, tart, bitter

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sweet

14‘they deliberately selected dry candidates’

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monetarist

arch-conservative, right-wing, reactionary

supply-side

informal true-blue

ANTONYMS

wet, left-wing


verb

1‘the hot sun had dried the ground again’

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make dry, dry out, dry up, parch, scorch, sear, bake

dehydrate, desiccate, dehumidify

ANTONYMS

moisten

2‘dry the leaves and break them into small pieces’

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dry up, dehydrate, desiccate

wither, shrivel, wilt, wizen, mummify

ANTONYMS

moisten

3‘I saw you drying your hair’

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dry off, towel, rub

mop up, blot up, soak up, absorb, sop up, clean up

drain

4‘she dried her eyes’

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wipe, wipe tears from, rub, dab

5‘there are various methods of drying meat’

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desiccate, dehydrate, remove the moisture from

preserve, cure, smoke


noun

1‘on economic policy he is a dry’

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monetarist

arch-conservative, right-winger, reactionary

supply-sider

ANTONYMS

wet, left-winger


Phrases

    dry out

      ‘he has spent periods drying out in a clinic’

      SYNONYMS

      give up drinking, give up alcohol, become teetotal, overcome alcoholism, take the pledge

      informal

      go on the wagon

    dry up

      1‘then he dried up, and Phil couldn't get another word out of him’

      SYNONYMS

      stop speaking, stop talking, fall silent, say no more, shut up

      forget one's lines, forget one's words

      belt up, put a sock in it

      2‘foreign investment may dry up’

      SYNONYMS

      dwindle, wane, disappear, fail, vanish, subside, peter out, fade, fade away, die away, die off, die out, taper off, trail away, trail off, ebb, melt away, evaporate, come to nothing, come to a an end, come to a halt end, run out, give out

      become unproductive, grow barren, grow sterile, cease to yield

      ANTONYMS

      continue