Definition of dryer in English:


Syllabification: dry·er
Pronunciation: /ˈdrīər
(also drier)


  • 1A machine or device for drying something, especially the hair or laundry.
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    • The bathrooms are fully tiled while the fitted kitchens have a full range of appliances including washing machines, dryers and integrated hobs and ovens.
    • Many of the laundromat's washing machines and dryers are near the front of the building and appear to have avoided damage.
    • Then I returned to the laundry and found the dryer was done tumbling, but the heating element had failed.
  • 2A substance mixed with oil paint or ink to promote drying.
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    • The nonaqueous media include linseed or stand oils, dryers, varnish, alkyds, molten wax, organic solvent-based acrylic, epoxy, stains, and lacquers.
    • In fact, any such improvement conferred on the paint medium was probably due to the incorporation of driers into the oil used in the varnish production.
    • She sat William down in the seat next to Amy and told him about the paints and the dryer.


Middle English (in the sense 'person who dries'): from the verb dry + -er1.

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