- to make or become thoroughly dry
- 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.
- immature; inexperienced; naive
Other Word Forms of Dry
Origin of Dry
From Middle English drye, drie, dri, drige, dryge, drüȝe, Old English drȳġe (“dry; parched, withered”), from Proto-Germanic *drūgiz, *draugiz (“dry, hard”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰerǵʰ- (“to strengthen; become hard”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰer- (“to hold, support”). Cognate with Scots dry, drey (“dry”), North Frisian drüg, driig, drüüg, dröög, drüch (“dry”), Saterland Frisian druuch (“dry”), West Frisian droech (“dry”), Dutch droog (“dry”), Low German dreuge, dröög, drög, drege, dree (“dry”), German trocken (“dry”), Icelandic draugur (“a dry log”). Related also to West Frisian drege (“long-lasting”), Danish drøj (“tough”), Swedish dryg (“lasting, hard”), Icelandic drjúgur (“ample, long”), Latin firmus (“strong, firm, stable, durable”). See also drought, drain, dree.
From Old English dryġan (“to dry”), from dryġe (“dry”)
Middle English drie from Old English drȳge
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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