Definition of dryasdust in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌdrīəzˈdəst/


A boring, pedantic speaker or writer.
Example sentences
  • He would not be a dryasdust.
  • The whole work, far from being dryasdust scholarship, is a rattling good yarn.


(also dry-as-dust)


Late 19th century: from the name of the character Dr. Jonas Dryasdust, featured in prefaces to Sir Walter Scott's novels.

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