noun \ˈdrat\

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

Full Definition of DROUGHT

:  a period of dryness especially when prolonged; specifically :  one that causes extensive damage to crops or prevents their successful growth
:  a prolonged or chronic shortage or lack of something expected or desired
drought·i·ness \ˈdra-tē-nəs\ noun
droughty \ˈdra-tē\ adjective

Variants of DROUGHT

drought also drouth \ˈdrath\

Examples of DROUGHT

  1. The drought caused serious damage to crops.
  2. a period of drought that lasted several years

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

monsoon, occlusion, ozone, rime, squall, zephyr
DROUGHT Defined for Kids


noun \ˈdrat\

Definition of DROUGHT for Kids

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


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