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arid

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adjective ar·id \ˈa-rəd, ˈer-əd\

Simple Definition of arid

  • : very dry : having very little rain or water

  • : lacking in interest and life

Full Definition of arid

  1. 1 :  excessively dry; specifically :  having insufficient rainfall to support agriculture

  2. 2 :  lacking in interest and life :  jejune

arid·i·typlay \ə-ˈri-də-tē, a-\ noun
ar·id·nessplay \ˈa-rəd-nəs, ˈer-əd-\ noun

Examples of arid

  1. a dull and arid textbook

  2. <an arid speech about duty and responsibility>



Origin of arid

French or Latin; French aride, from Latin aridus, from arēre to be dry; akin to Sanskrit āsa ash, Old English asce


First Known Use: 1652



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