[syn: drought, drouth]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Drought \Drought\ (drout), n. [OE. droght, drougth,
dru[yogh][eth], AS. druga[eth], from drugian to dry. See
Dry, and cf. Drouth, which shows the original final
1. Dryness; want of rain or of water; especially, such
dryness of the weather as affects the earth, and prevents
the growth of plants; aridity.
The drought of March hath pierced to the root.
In a drought the thirsty creatures cry. --Dryden.
2. Thirst; want of drink. --Johnson.
3. Scarcity; lack.
A drought of Christian writers caused a dearth of
all history. --Fuller.
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
45 Moby Thesaurus words for "drought":
absence, appetite, aridity, aridness, beggary, canine appetite,
corkiness, defectiveness, deficiency, deficit, deprivation,
destitution, dryness, emptiness, empty stomach, famine,
hollow hunger, hunger, hungriness, imperfection, impoverishment,
incompleteness, juicelessness, lack, need, omission, polydipsia,
relish, saplessness, shortage, shortcoming, shortfall, starvation,
stomach, sweet tooth, tapeworm, taste, thirst, thirstiness,
torment of Tantalus, want, wantage, waterlessness,
watertight integrity, watertightness