Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Lacking moisture, especially having insufficient rainfall to support trees or woody plants.
  • adjective Lacking interest or feeling; lifeless and dull.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Dry; without moisture; parched with heat; hence, figuratively, uninteresting, lifeless, dull, pithless, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Exhausted of moisture; parched with heat; dry; barren.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Very dry.
  • adjective Describing a very dry climate. Typically defined as less than 25 cm or 10 inches of rainfall annually.
  • adjective Devoid of value.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective lacking sufficient water or rainfall
  • adjective lacking vitality or spirit; lifeless

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Latin āridus, from ārēre, to be dry; see as- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Ultimately from the Latin term āridus ("dry, arid, parched"), confer its synonymous contracted form ardus. Originally from the verb āreo ("I am dry, I am parched"), akin to ārdeō ("I'm on fire, I burn").

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.