Quantcast
Merriam-Webster Logo
  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
  • Medical
  • Scrabble
  • Spanish Central
  • Learner's Dictionary

drought

play
noun \ˈdrau̇t\

Simple Definition of drought

  • : a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain

Full Definition of drought

  1. 1 :  a period of dryness especially when prolonged; specifically :  one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth

  2. 2 :  a prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired

drought·i·ness play \ˈdrau̇-tē-nəs\ noun
droughty \ˈdrau̇-tē\ adjective

Examples of drought

  1. The drought caused serious damage to crops.

  2. a period of drought that lasted several years



Variants of drought

also drouth play \ˈdrau̇th\

Origin of drought

Middle English, from Old English drūgath, from drūgian to dry up; akin to Old English drȳge dry — more at dry


First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Climate/Meteorology Terms


DROUGHT Defined for Kids

drought

play
noun \ˈdrau̇t\

Definition of drought

  1. :  a long period of time during which there is very little or no rain





Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up drought? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

February 10, 2016

to put in good humor

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

image1037863653

Which of the following refers to thin, bending ice, or to the act of running over such ice?

kittly-benders pince-nez duvet spindrift
Name That Thing

10 quick questions: hear them, spell them, and see how your skills compare to the crowd.

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ