dry-as-dust


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dry·as·dust

or dry-as-dust  (drī′əz-dŭst′)
n.
A dull, pedantic speaker or writer.

[After Dr. Jonas Dryasdust, a fictitious character to whom Sir Walter Scott dedicated some of his novels.]

dry′as·dust′ adj.

dry-as-dust

adj
completely lacking in interest and stimulation

dry′-as-dust′



adj.
dull; boring.
[1870–75; after Dr. Dryasdust, a fictitious pedant satirized in the prefaces of Sir Walter Scott's novels]
Translations

dry-as-dust

[ˈdraɪəzˈdʌst] ADJterriblemente árido
References in classic literature ?
He had understood nothing, and the only idea he had gathered was that evolution was a dry-as-dust theory, of a lot of little men possessed of huge and unintelligible vocabularies.
For if we take his whole works, at times we plow through pages of dry-as-dust argument where there is never a glimmer of that beauty which makes poetry a joy, till we grow weary of it.
Love proceeds not out of the dry-as-dust way of the mind.