\ ˈdrau̇t How to pronounce drought (audio) \
variants: or less commonly drouth \ ˈdrau̇th How to pronounce drought (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 drought (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 Joshua Tree National Park, even for trees that are already among the most drought-tolerant. Lauren Markham, Wired, 9 Oct. 2021 All are incredibly drought-tolerant and easy to grow. Nan Sterman, San Diego Union-Tribune, 2 Oct. 2021 Replanting urban landscapes with native drought-tolerant vegetation can help conserve water. Ali Mirchi, The Conversation, 29 Sep. 2021 Snake plants also are drought-tolerant, only needing water every two weeks in warmer months and three to four weeks in colder ones. Washington Post, 27 Sep. 2021 String lights and drought-tolerant gardens make the outdoor living areas as chic as the indoor ones. Jack Flemming, Los Angeles Times, 21 Sep. 2021 For example, bur oaks are drought-tolerant, while bald-cypress trees are tolerant of wet soils. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, 19 Sep. 2021 All three are tough, drought-tolerant perennials, sun lovers and long blooming. Earl Nickel, San Francisco Chronicle, 17 Sep. 2021 The evergreen Mexican honeysuckle is drought-tolerant and is not eaten by the deer. Calvin Finch, San Antonio Express-News, 10 Sep. 2021

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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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“Drought.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drought. Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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