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
ANTONYMS

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
    informal

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

    forget one's lines, forget one's words

    informal

    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