a long period of time when there is little or no rain two years of severe drought one of the worst droughts on record The country’s entire grain harvest has been hit by drought. Wordfinderdownpour, drought, flash flood, monsoon, precipitation, puddle, rain, shelter, shower, squall See related entries: Rain Word Origin late Old English drūgath ‘dryness’, of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.Extra examples England has had several summer droughts in recent years. It has been the worst drought in the country’s history. Large areas of Africa are affected by severe drought. Some of the newer plants in the garden died during the drought. crops that are chosen for their drought tolerance plants that can withstand drought Crop failures were caused by drought and a lack of fertilizer. Farmers are facing ruin after two years of severe drought. The country suffered from one of the worst droughts on record.