\ 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

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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 Right guard Joel Bitonio couldn’t have designed a more fitting ending to the league-long playoff drought. Mary Kay Cabot, cleveland, "Baker Mayfield after clinching vs. Steelers: ‘We’re living the dream right now’ but ‘we’re not satisfied’," 4 Jan. 2021 Its dramatic red and green stems have led to legions of fans who use the harmless looking succulent as a drought-tolerant staple. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Garden Mastery: Some beautiful plants should be handled with care," 14 Nov. 2020 But Newsom was mostly mute about state and federal green polices that discouraged the removal of millions of dead and drought-stricken trees, which provided the kindling for the infernos. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "California’s Illogical Reparations Bill," 8 Oct. 2020 Wright said the golf course project cost $11 million and includes greens with TifTuf, a drought-tolerant strain of Bermuda. Mark Kazlowski, Dallas News, "Local links: Iron Horse Golf Course, Shady Oaks Country Club headline reopening season," 1 Oct. 2020 The area will be revegetated with native, drought-tolerant plants and plant material once the construction is completed. Lorraine Longhi, The Arizona Republic, "Construction of San Francisco Giants training facility at Papago Park concerns residents," 29 Sep. 2020 As a drought-tolerant succulent, water it when the soil is dry. Lisa Boone, Star Tribune, "Indoor gardening is taking root," 22 Sep. 2020 In addition to the vertical edible garden, a breezy, less obtrusive collection of drought-tolerant grasses and succulents took the place of the overgrown tropical plants that once hid the house. Miranda Crowell, Better Homes & Gardens, "Meet Our 2020 America's Best Front Yard Contest Winner," 1 Sep. 2020 There are many species and selections available, most of which are drought tolerant and deer proof. Calvin Finch, ExpressNews.com, "Calvin Finch: Great fall nectar-producing plants for San Antonio gardens: Cape honeysuckle, firespike, Mexican honeysuckle, Mexican flame vine, duranta," 13 Aug. 2020

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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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13 Jan 2021

Cite this Entry

“Drought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drought. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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