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[bohn-drahy] /ˈboʊnˈdraɪ/
very dry.
very thirsty.
Slang. dry (def 17).
Ceramics. (of clay) thoroughly dried.
Origin of bone-dry
1815-25 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • I asked him if he meant that it was "bone-dry" like Kansas, or whether the rich could still get it?

    Frenzied Fiction Stephen Leacock
  • After the corn is bone-dry it should, like all other vegetables and fruits, be conditioned.

    Every Step in Canning Grace Viall Gray
  • A Willard Threaded Rubber insulated battery is shipped and carried in stock "bone-dry."

  • The lights of small restaurants glimmered faintly on the bone-dry pavement.

    December Love Robert Hichens
  • It was raging in bone-dry grass and thorn and the flames leaped up and scorched our faces.

    Through the Heart of Patagonia H. Hesketh Prichard
  • The civil authorities of France would not be much use in helping the American army enforce a bone-dry order.

    The A.E.F. Heywood Broun
  • It was a freak of nature—a point pushed through the level crust of bone-dry earth, and left to glitter there alone.

    Rung Ho! Talbot Mundy
  • The bone-dry, hot-weather wind had shriveled up verdure and ambition together.

    Told in the East Talbot Mundy
British Dictionary definitions for bone-dry


  1. completely dry: a bone-dry well
  2. (postpositive): the well was bone dry
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