Definition of dryness noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈdraɪnəs//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈdraɪnəs//
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  1. 1the state of not being wet or damp, or of having no water ormoistureThe medicine may cause dryness of the mouth.
  2. 2the state of not getting very much rain The result of this summer's dryness was a poor harvest.
  3. 3the state of not having the natural oils that makes skin or hair soft and healthy ingredients that help prevent skin dryness
  4. 4the quality in wine of being not sweet These terms refer to the wine's dryness. opposite sweetness (2)
  5. 5the quality in humour of being very clever and expressed in a quiet way that is not obvious Not everyone appreciated the dryness of his humour.
  6. 6the quality in writing or information of being slightly dull, and with no exciting features He defended her prose against the charge of dryness.