drought

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noun \ˈdrau̇t\

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

droughtiness

play \ˈdrau̇-tē-nəs\ noun

droughty

\ˈdrau̇-tē\ adjective

Examples of drought in a sentence

  1. The drought caused serious damage to crops.

  2. a period of drought that lasted several years

Variants of drought

less commonly

drouth

play \ˈdrau̇th\

Origin and Etymology 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 English Language Learners

drought

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noun \ˈdrau̇t\

Definition of drought for English Language Learners

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


DROUGHT Defined for Kids

drought

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noun \ˈdrau̇t\

Definition of drought for Students

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



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