drought

noun
\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th How to pronounce drought (audio) \

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

Other Words from drought

droughtiness \ ˈdrau̇-​tē-​nəs How to pronounce drought (audio) \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web Mother bears and cubs are battling for survival as wildfire, drought and traffic take a heavy toll. Amy Hubbard, Los Angeles Times, 22 Jan. 2022 The economy was already teetering after four decades of war, a severe drought and the pandemic. Elaine Kurtenbach, ajc, 19 Jan. 2022 Though drought and frost have hurt Brazilian crops, the U.S. Agriculture Department expects the harvest there to be 12% larger than the last one. Kirk Maltais, WSJ, 17 Jan. 2022 Driving the need for a coordinated approach is the fact that more than 20 years of drought and record-high temperatures are leaving Utah with less water at a time when its needs are increasing. Brian Maffly, The Salt Lake Tribune, 14 Jan. 2022 The next category is extreme drought, which brings with it widespread water shortages and restrictions. Danielle Echeverria, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Jan. 2022 Cave Amphipod are pollution, drought and over-extraction of the spring-fed aquifer. Annie Blanks, San Antonio Express-News, 13 Jan. 2022 Desperation for such basic necessities has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as health care shortages, drought and malnutrition. Aamer Madhani, Anchorage Daily News, 11 Jan. 2022 Desperation for such basic necessities has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic as well as health care shortages, drought and malnutrition. Aamer Madhani, chicagotribune.com, 11 Jan. 2022

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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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“Drought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drought. Accessed 27 Jan. 2022.

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More Definitions for drought

drought

noun

English Language Learners Definition of drought

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

drought

noun
\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \

Kids Definition of drought

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

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