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

  • n. A long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that adversely affects growing or living conditions.
  • n. A prolonged dearth or shortage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A period of below average rain fall, longer and more severe than a dry spell
  • n. A longer than expected term without success, particularly in sport.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Dryness; want of rain or of water; especially, such dryness of the weather as affects the earth, and prevents the growth of plants; aridity.
  • n. Thirst; want of drink.
  • n. Scarcity; lack.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Dryness.
  • n. Dry weather; want of rain or of moisture; such a continuance of dry weather as injuriously affects vegetation; aridness.
  • n. Thirst; want of drink.
  • n. Figuratively, scarcity; lack.
  • n. A dialectal form of draft, draught.

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

  • n. a prolonged shortage
  • n. a shortage of rainfall


Middle English, from Old English drūgoth; akin to drȳge, dry.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English drūġaþ. (Wiktionary)


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