Definition of dryasdust in English:

dryasdust

Syllabification: dry·as·dust
Pronunciation: /ˌdrīəzˈdəst
 
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noun

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

adjective

(also dry-as-dust) Back to top  

Origin

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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