- a substance added to paint, varnish, etc. to make it dry fast
- One that dries.
- A substance added to paint, varnish, or ink to speed drying.
A comparative of dry.
- One who, or that which, dries; a desiccative.
- The sun and a northwesterly wind are great driers of the earth.
- (chiefly UK, Canada) Any substance that accelerates drying.
- (chiefly UK, Canada) Catalyst used to promote the drying of paints and varnishes by oxidative crosslinking.
- Alternative spelling of dryer.
dry + -er (“agent suffix”)
dry + -er (“comparative suffix”)
Variant of dry
- not watery; not under water: dry land
- having no moisture; not wet or damp
- not shedding tears
- lacking rain or water: a dry summer
- having lost liquid or moisture; specif.,
- arid; withered
- empty of water or other liquid
- needing water or drink; thirsty
- not yielding milk: a dry cow
- without butter, jam, etc. on it: dry toast
- solid; not liquid
- not sweet; unsweetened; sec: dry wine
- having no mucous or watery discharge: a dry cough
- ☆ prohibiting or opposed to the manufacture or sale of alcoholic beverages: a dry town
- not colored by emotion, prejudice, etc.; plain; matter-of-fact: dry facts
- clever and shrewd but ironic or subtle: dry wit
- not producing results; unfruitful: a dry interview
- boring, dull, or tedious: a dry lecture
- harsh; grating: said of a sound
- Obsolete without bleeding: a dry death
Origin of dryMiddle English drie ; from Old English dryge, akin to German trocken, Dutch droog ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhereugh-, fast, firm, solid (; from base an unverified form dher-, to hold out, hold fast from source firm)
- Rare dryness or drought
- Rare dry land
- pl. drys☆ Informal a prohibitionist
- to make or become thoroughly dry
- Slang to withdraw from addiction to alcohol or a narcotic
- to make or become thoroughly dry; parch or wither
- to make or become unproductive, uncreative, etc.
- ☆ Slang to stop talking
not dry behind the ears
Informal immature; inexperienced; naive