\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th How to pronounce drouth (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 droughtiness (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 In September, the second-largest city of Bulawayo said it’s considering recycling water from a dam polluted with sewage because a drought has drained three of its six reservoirs and the others are less than 25% full. Desmond Kumbuka, Bloomberg.com, "Zimbabwe Capital Shutters Main Water Plant on Chemical Shortage," 22 Oct. 2020 The Los Angeles Dodgers' quest to end a 32-year title drought got off to a strong start with an 8-3 win in Game 1 of the 2020 World Series over the Tampa Bay Rays on Tuesday night. Editors, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus stimulus bill, Billboard Latin Music Awards: 5 things to know Wednesday," 21 Oct. 2020 Moyer and the rest of the Mustangs snapped a 14-year sectional drought last weekend and will look to make history by becoming the first Kouts team to win a regional championship. Dave Melton, chicagotribune.com, "Girls volleyball notes: Sophomore setter Taylor Moyer’s ‘next big step forward’ puts Kouts on path to regional," 21 Oct. 2020 LB Micah Parsons opting out of the season isn’t going to help the Nittany Lions overcome Ohio State after a three-year drought. Star Tribune, "Megan Ryan's Big Ten predictions," 20 Oct. 2020 The Cavaliers that season ended a seven-season playoff drought. Tim Bielik, cleveland, "Browns showed vs. Steelers they’re not ready for playoff football, at least not yet: This Week in the Cleveland Browns," 19 Oct. 2020 The region is experiencing a drought, combined with rounds of heat and gusty winds that have created dangerous fire weather conditions. Fox News, "Colorado wildfires force thousands to evacuate, blaze 'just exploded' to 8,700 acres," 19 Oct. 2020 Marcell Ozuna and the Atlanta Braves turned things around in a hurry, and now are one win from ending a two-decade World Series drought. Creg Stephenson | Cstephenson@al.com, al, "Dodgers-Braves live stream (10/16): How to watch NLCS Game 5 online, TV, time," 16 Oct. 2020 The Atlanta Braves turned things around in a hurry, and now are one win from ending a two-decade World Series drought. Stephen Hawkins, orlandosentinel.com, "Braves 1 win from WS after 10-2 win over Dodgers in NLCS G4," 16 Oct. 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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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Drought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drought. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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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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