Definition of drought in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /drout/


1A prolonged period of abnormally low rainfall; a shortage of water resulting from this.
Example sentences
  • Chinese officials say cloud seeding has helped to relieve severe droughts and water shortages in cities.
  • During climate extremes, whether droughts or flooding rains, those on the land feel it most.
  • In fact, tropical storms or hurricanes have ended many droughts in Texas, and other parts of the world.
dry spell, lack of rain, shortage of water
1.1 [usually with modifier] A prolonged absence of something specified: he ended a five-game hitting drought
More example sentences
  • One can only hope that, after the relative goal drought of two years ago in Mali, they and the other 15 nations put on a more exciting spectacle.
  • Robbie Blake curled a trademark free kick just wide and then slipped at the crucial moment when he seemed certain to end his worrying goal drought.
  • Dennis Wise's glancing header ended the team's goal drought - spanning 588 minutes.
1.2 archaic Thirst.



Example sentences
  • Droughtiness during periods of low rainfall is a management concern and irrigation is needed for maximum crop yields.
  • Trees are difficult to establish and grow slowly because of the droughtiness and low fertility of the soil.


Pronunciation: /ˈdroudē/
Example sentences
  • Well-decayed logs have high moisture content and therefore may provide microsites where germinants of species susceptible to desiccation can escape droughty conditions on the forest floor.
  • Many previous authors have speculated that oak found along the Allegheny River was due to poor site conditions such as droughty soils and or xeric ridgetops.
  • Larger weeds often require a higher rate or an additional spray additive, especially if the weeds have developed under droughty conditions.


Late Old English drūgath 'dryness', of Germanic origin; compare with Dutch droogte; related to dry.

Words that rhyme with drought

about, bout, clout, devout, doubt, down-and-out, flout, gout, grout, knout, lout, mahout, misdoubt, nowt, out, out-and-out, owt, pout, Prout, right about, rout, scout, shout, snout, spout, sprout, stout, thereabout, thereout, throughout, timeout, tout, trout, way-out, without

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: drought

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.