dry up

verb
Updated on: 11 Dec 2017

Definition of dry up

transitive verb
: to cut off the supply of
intransitive verb
1 : to disappear as if by evaporation, draining, or cutting off of a source of supply
2 : to wither or die through gradual loss of vitality
3 : to stop talking

Examples of dry up in a Sentence

  1. sick of her constant complaining, he angrily told her to dry up

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First Known Use of dry up

14th century

dry up Synonyms

Synonyms
belt up [British], clam up, shut up, dummy up, hush, pipe down, quiet (down)
Antonyms
speak, talk
Related Words
calm (down), cool (down), settle (down); haw, hem
Near Antonyms
pipe up, sound off, speak out, speak up, spout (off), talk up


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