drought

noun \ ˈdrau̇t \
variants: or less commonly drouth play \ˈdrau̇th\
Updated on: 14 Nov 2017

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

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

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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

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DROUGHT Defined for English Language Learners

drought

noun

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

noun \ ˈdrau̇t \

Definition of drought for Students

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


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