There are a few different definitions for dry and each of these definitions has synonyms that we will explore.
Dry can mean something lacks water, liquid, or moisture. Dry
It hasn’t rained in weeks, the ground is completely dry.
Her clothes were no longer dry after the rain.
The past tense of dry is dried.
I dried my clothes last night, so that I could wear them today.
Dry can also cause someone to be thirsty.
I’m feeling really dry from being out in the sun all day.
Here are some words that you can substitute for this form of dry.
Parch can mean that something is dried out because of heat.
The earth in the desert is parched.
Parch can also mean very thirsty. This is usually due to lack of water.
I haven’t had water since this morning and I’m parched.
Parch also refers to something being lightly roasted.
Yesterday I tried parched corn for the first time, which is made by dry roasting corn.
Wither or the past tense withered, can also be substituted for dry at times. It means to shrivel, fade or decay. Often used in reference to plants lacking water and dying because of it.
It had been a hot week and the plants were dead and withered.
After years of declining revenue the business finally withered.
Even after therapy our marriage withered.
Shrivel is another synonym for dry. It means to wrinkle due to lack of water.
The grapes were left out in the sun, and they looked shriveled.
Wilt or the past tense Wilted is another synonym for dry that applies to plants. In this case the plant would be limp and droopy because of the lack of water.
I forgot to water my tomato plant and the leaves started to wilt.
Wilt can also mean to lose energy.
Despite all of his training, he wilted at the end of the match.
Wizen means to shrivel or wrinkle with age.
The old woman had wizened over time.
Brittle means that something is hard, but could break easily because it’s dry.
As people get older their bones become brittle.
Empty means having or containing nothing.
My coffee cup is empty.
After walking on the beach I emptied my shoe.
Vacant means that nothing is there. There is no furniture, inhabitants, or decorations.
The desert looked vast and vacant.
The apartment was vacant.
Dry can also refer to little or no rainfall.
The desert is a dry place and that makes it a tough place to inhabit.
Arid refers to a climate (place) that has little to no rain, to the point that it is difficult or impossible to grow crops. Arid climates receive 10 inches or less of rain each year.
Much of Northern Africa has an arid climate.
Arid can also mean lacking interest or excitement.
The years he spent in his small town were arid, and he couldn’t wait to move to the big city.
Bake refers to food that is cooked by dry heat, usually in an oven.
We had baked chicken for dinner.