\ˈdrau̇t \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th \

Definition of drought 

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

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

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Other Words from drought

droughtiness \ ˈdrau̇-​tē-​nəs \ noun
droughty \ ˈdrau̇-​tē \ adjective

Examples of drought in a Sentence

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

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Field Athlete of the Year: Alysah Hickey, Coronado Hickey, a junior, ended a three-year gold medal drought for the section, winning the state long jump at 19-93/4 and grabbing the fourth-place medal in the high jump at 5-8. sandiegouniontribune.com, "All-San Diego Section teams for spring high school sports," 9 June 2018 The Capitals defeated the Vegas Golden Knights in five games,ending a championship drought for fans of metro DC professional sports teams, who hadn't celebrated a title since Washington's NFL team won the Super Bowl in 1992. Jill Martin, CNN, "Stanley Cup: Alex Ovechkin, Washington end title drought," 8 June 2018 Then 26, Duncan punished the Nets with a line for the ages in Game 6: 21 points, 20 rebounds, 10 assists and eight blocks to almost single-handedly end the Spurs’ three-year NBA title drought. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, "Championship snapshots: The top 10 Finals moments in Spurs history," 2 June 2018 This was a great sports town long before the Cavaliers ended the title drought against Golden State. Bud Shaw, cleveland.com, "A career writing about Cleveland sports: The blessings far outweighed The Curse -- Bud Shaw," 4 May 2018 All have come through the system and seem to have the skillset and conviction to end the drought. John Shea, San Francisco Chronicle, "Giants’ homegrown outfield of the future taking shape in Sacramento," 3 May 2018 After McDermott was hired by Buffalo in 2017 (and promptly ended the Bills’ 18-year playoff drought), Wilks was promoted from secondary coach/assistant head coach to coordinator. Joseph Person, charlotteobserver, "Panthers’ Eric Washington has a plan for coaching future that focuses on the present | Charlotte Observer," 23 Mar. 2018 The win ended a seven-year sectional drought for the Vikings (20-5), who play Elkhart Memorial (13-12) at 10 a.m. next Saturday in the Michigan City Regional semifinals. Mike Hutton, Post-Tribune, "Brandon Newman's double-double helps Valparaiso end seven-year sectional drought," 4 Mar. 2018 July is a good time to fill in bare or now weedy spots left by cold, drought or pests. Tom Maccubbin, OrlandoSentinel.com, "July in the garden," 30 June 2018

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First Known Use of drought

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for drought

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

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The first known use of drought was before the 12th century

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English Language Learners Definition of drought

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


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Kids Definition of drought

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

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