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  • adjective Droughty.

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  • adjective Scotland droughty, dry
  • adjective Scotland thirsty


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  • The wheel-marks of the trail to Utah often ran parallel with the track, and bones of oxen were bleaching in the sun, the remains of those “whose carcasses fell in the wilderness” on the long and drouthy journey.

    A Lady's Life in the Rocky Mountains 2007

  • Fertile soils and spontaneous vegetation, reeking with miasma and overpowering from their odour, we had exchanged for a drouthy wilderness of aloetic and cactaceous plants, where the kolquall and several thorn bushes grew paramount.

    How I Found Livingstone Henry Morton 2004

  • Devil, whilk is but an ill-omened drouthy name for a tavern.

    The Fortunes of Nigel 2004

  • The reader will now agree with me that El – Wijh is not too drouthy for a quarantine-ground.

    The Land of Midian 2003

  • The witness gave a little laugh, and ducking his head oddly like one taking liberties with a master, said, "We're a drouthy set, my lord, at the mines, and I wouldn't be saying but what we might drink them dry again of a morning, if we had been into town the night before."

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro

  • “Peter” has a tawdry hall, smeared with the escutcheons of all nations, where music and waltzing whirl through the dense air, hour after hour; and what is at least of equal consequence to him, Peter holds a tavern in the next room, where spirits, beer, or coffee are equally at the command of the drouthy or the luxuriant.

    A Tramp's Wallet stored by an English goldsmith during his wanderings in Germany and France William Duthie

  • So the hours passed, and each newcomer was invited to join the company, until it grew so large that the "big room" was requisitioned, and it soon held a laughing, joking, drinking, good-natured set of as drouthy individuals as ever met together in company.

    The Underworld The Story of Robert Sinclair, Miner James C. Welsh

  • He would imagine and mimic the tones of a drouthy Highland drover demanding refreshment, -- which, by the way, he would have been sure to get had he so applied to Dr Burton; of an entirely drunk Lowlander, persisting in representing himself as a _bonâ fide_ traveller; of a highly

    The Book-Hunter A New Edition, with a Memoir of the Author John Hill Burton

  • At times during the hot months of drouthy 1966, the climax of a dry cycle that had begun to develop five years earlier, the Washington metropolis was not too far from the bottom of its water barrel.

    The Nation's River A report on the Potomac from the U.S. Department of the Interior United States. Dept. of the Interior.

  • "Some of our friends must be burning for a mouthful, poor dears; the wounded flesh is drouthy."

    John Splendid The Tale of a Poor Gentleman, and the Little Wars of Lorn Neil Munro


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  • When chapman billies leave the street,

    And drouthy neibors, neibors, meet;

    As market days are wearing late,

    And folk begin to tak the gate,

    While we sit bousing at the nappy,

    An' getting fou and unco happy,

    We think na on the lang Scots miles,

    The mosses, waters, slaps and stiles,

    That lie between us and our hame,

    Where sits our sulky, sullen dame,

    Gathering her brows like gathering storm,

    Nursing her wrath to keep it warm.

    - Robert Burns, 'Tam O' Shanter'.

    January 28, 2009