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 (drout) also drouth (drouth)
1. A long period of abnormally low rainfall, especially one that adversely affects growing or living conditions.
2. A prolonged dearth or shortage.

[Middle English, from Old English drūgoth; akin to drȳge, dry.]

drought′y adj.


1. drought
2. Scot thirst
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.drouth - a prolonged shortage; "when England defeated Pakistan it ended a ten-year drought"
period, period of time, time period - an amount of time; "a time period of 30 years"; "hastened the period of time of his recovery"; "Picasso's blue period"
2.drouth - a shortage of rainfalldrouth - a shortage of rainfall; "farmers most affected by the drought hope that there may yet be sufficient rain early in the growing season"
dryness, waterlessness, xerotes - the condition of not containing or being covered by a liquid (especially water)
References in classic literature ?
When he was cold in the dark days of rain, or thirsty in a prolonged drouth, his discomfort engendered first of all thoughts of Meriem's welfare--after she had been made warm, after her thirst had been slaked, then he turned to the affair of ministering to his own wants.
They gave as another reason for their defeat the extraordinary state of drouth to which they had been reduced by the dusty nature of their occupation and the reprehensible distance from the scene of their labors of any place of public entertainment.
Sure his ould mother in New York would not let her son's comrades perish of drouth - if she can be reached at the end of a letter.