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Topic: DRINK

Language: Old English
Origin: dryge

dry

1 adjective
     
dry1 S2 W2 comparative drier, superlative driest
1

not wet

without water or liquid inside or on the surface [≠ wet]:
I need to change into some dry clothes.
Make sure that the surface is clean and dry before you start to paint.
You should store disks in a cool, dry place.
shake/rub/wipe etc something dry
Jean rubbed her hair dry.
The path is dry as a bone (=very dry).
bone dry
2

weather

DN having very little rain or moisture [≠ wet; ↪ arid]:
The weather was hot and dry.
Eastern areas should stay dry tomorrow.
These plants do not grow well in dry conditions (=when there is not much rain).
a prolonged dry spell (=period)
3

dry mouth/skin/lips/hair etc

HBH without enough of the liquid or oil that is normally in your mouth, skin etc [↪ parched]:
His heart was pounding and his mouth was dry.
Mary has dry, sensitive skin.
a shampoo for dry hair
She licked her dry lips.
4

run/go dry

DN if a lake, river etc runs dry, all the water gradually disappears, especially because there has been no rain:
The river ran dry last summer.
5

humour

someone with a dry sense of humour says funny and clever things while seeming to be serious:
He had a delightfully dry sense of humour.
6

boring

boring, very serious, and without humour:
In schools, science is often presented in a dry and uninteresting manner.
a dry debate on policies
7

dry cough

MI a cough which does not produce any phlegm
8

dry wine/sherry etc

DFD wine etc that is not sweet:
a glass of dry white wine
9

without alcohol

DFD not drinking alcohol, or not allowing any alcohol to be sold:
Paula had been dry for a year before she started drinking again.
Kuwait's a dry country.
10

voice

showing no emotion when you speak:
'Good evening gentlemen,' he said, in a dry voice.
11

dry bread/toast

DFF bread etc eaten on its own without anything such as butter or jam spread on it
12

thirsty

informal thirsty
13

not a dry eye in the house

used to say that everyone was crying because something was very sad - often used humorously
dryness noun [uncountable]
drip-dry, dry rot

; ➔ home and dry

at home2 (6)

; ➔ leave somebody high and dry

at high2 (5), dryly
WORD FOCUS: weather WORD FOCUS: weather
good weather: sunny/fine used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of sunshine
nice
/lovely/glorious very sunny and good
bright
if the weather is bright, the sun shines strongly
there isn't a cloud in the sky
the sky is completely clear
dry
if the weather is dry, it does not rain
fair
sunny and not windy or rainy - used especially in weather forecasts

rain: wet/rainy/damp used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of rain
unsettled
if the weather is unsettled, it keeps changing and it often rains
drizzle
light rain which consists of very small drops of water
shower
a short period of rain
downpour
a short period when it suddenly rains very heavily

it's pouring down British English/it's pouring rain American English it is raining very hard
it's drizzling
it is raining a little, with very small drops of rain

snow: snowy used to describe weather or a day when there is a lot of snow
sleet
a mixture of snow and rain
slush
a mixture of partly melted snow and ice
hail
/hailstones frozen drops of rain, that fall as drops of ice
blizzard
a storm with a lot of snow and strong wind
frost
white powder that covers the ground when it is cold

wind: windy used to describe a day or weather when there is a lot of wind
blustery
very windy

breeze a gentle pleasant wind
hurricane
(in the Atlantic Ocean) /typhoon (in the Pacific Ocean) a violent storm with extremely strong winds

cloudy: cloudy used to describe weather or a day when there are a lot of clouds in the sky
grey
/dull cloudy and not bright
overcast
if the sky is overcast, it is very cloudy and dark, and it is likely to rain
hazy
not clear, especially because there is a slight mist caused by heat or smoke

hot: boiling/scorching/sizzling/blazing/burning/baking/broiling (hot) extremely hot
sweltering
very hot and humid
warm
a little hot, in a way that is pleasant
balmy
pleasantly warm, with a gentle wind blowing
heatwave
a period of unusually hot weather

cold: freezing (cold) extremely cold
arctic
extremely cold, usually with a lot of ice and snow
wintry
cold and snowy or rainy, like the weather in winter
crisp
if the air is crisp, it feels cold but pleasantly fresh and clear
chilly
a little too cold, in a way that makes you feel uncomfortable
cool
a little cold, in a way that is pleasant
cold snap
/cold spell a period of unusually cold weather


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