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British English: /drʌɪ/
American English: /draɪ/

Translation of dry in French:



  • 1 (not wet or moist)
    (clothing, ground, hair, hand, paint, crackle, rustle)
    (skin, hair, throat, mouth, cough)
    (riverbed, well)
    à sec
    to run dry
    (river, funds, supplies)
    se tarir
    dry bread
    pain sec
    to be ou feel dry (thirsty)
    avoir le gosier sec [informal]
    to keep something dry
    tenir quelque chose au sec
    to keep (oneself) dry
    rester au sec
    to get dry
    se sécher
    to get something dry
    (faire) sécher quelque chose
    to wipe something dry
    essuyer quelque chose
    the kettle has boiled dry
    toute l'eau de la bouilloire s'est évaporée
    on dry land
    sur la terre ferme
  • 2 (not rainy)
    (weather, climate, season, month, heat)
    (day, spell)
    sans pluie
    it will be dry tomorrow
    il ne pleuvra pas demain
  • 5 (dull)
    (book, reading, subject matter)
  • 6 (forbidding alcohol)
    (state, country)
    qui interdit la vente de boissons alcoolisées

transitive verb

  • faire sécher (clothes, washing)
    sécher (fruit, meat, flowers)
    to dry the dishes to dry somebody's hair
    sécher les cheveux de quelqu'un
    to dry one's hair/hands
    se sécher les cheveux/les mains
    to dry one's eyes
    sécher ses larmes

intransitive verb

  • (sheet, clothes, hair, paint, blood, concrete)

reflexive verb

  • to dry oneself
    se sécher


(as) dry as a bone

sec/sèche comme un coup de trique

(as) dry as dust

ennuyeux/-euse comme la pluie

Phrasal verbs

dry off

1 dry off
(material, object)
se sécher
2 dry off [somebody/something], dry [somebody/something] off
sécher (person, object)
to dry oneself off
se sécher

dry out

1 dry out 1.1 [literal]
(wood, walls, clay, soil)
don't let the plant dry out
ne laissez pas la plante se dessécher
1.2 [informal]
2 dry out [something/somebody], dry [something/somebody] out 2.1 [literal]
sécher (wood, clay)
dessécher (skin, earth)
2.2 [informal]
désintoxiquer (alcoholic)

dry up

1 dry up 1.1 [literal]
(river, well, spring)
s'assécher, se tarir
(ground, jar of liquid)
1.2 [figurative] (run out)
(supply, source, funds, money)
se tarir
1.3 (wipe crockery etc) 1.4 [informal] (be unable to speak)
(speaker, actor, interviewee)
sécher [informal]
oh, dry up will you! (British English)
boucle-la, tu veux bien! [informal]
2 dry up [something], dry [something] up 2.1
(heat, drought)
assécher (puddle, river, pond)
essuyer (plates, crockery)
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