dry up

verb

Definition of dry up

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cut off the supply of

  3. intransitive verb
  4. 1 :  to disappear as if by evaporation, draining, or cutting off of a source of supply

  5. 2 :  to wither or die through gradual loss of vitality

  6. 3 :  to stop talking

Examples of dry up in a Sentence

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

14th Century

First Known Use of dry up

14th century



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up dry up? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

to glide in or as if in an airplane

Get Word of the Day daily email!

WORD GAMES

Take a 3-minute break and test your skills!

  • istock-refers-to-this-as-a-tumble-of-strawberries-which-sounded-pretty-nice-to-us
  • Which is a synonym of garner?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!