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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.
Whence ADAM soon repeal'd The doubts that in his heart arose: and now Led on, yet sinless, with desire to know What neerer might concern him, how this World Of Heav'n and Earth conspicuous first began, When, and whereof created, for what cause, What within EDEN or without was done Before his memorie, as one whose drouth Yet scarce allay'd still eyes the current streame, Whose liquid murmur heard new thirst excites, Proceeded thus to ask his Heav'nly Guest.
And in the autumn drouth, whose burnished hands With mineral wariness found out the stone Where prayers, forgotten, streamed the mesa sands?
As a result, whisky tourism goes down very well with Scotland's hotels and B&B establishments, as visitors quench their drouth for whisky and slake their thirst for knowledge by visiting distilleries and specialist whisky shops.
I name all the flowers I am sure they weren't: Not fireweed loving where woods have burnt-- Not bluebells gracing a tunnel mouth-- Not lupine living on sand and drouth.
In his work Drouth Stricken Area, "The windmill and the drink tub are taken from life," he wrote.
When Scotch whisky was barred from Cold War Czechoslovakia, it left party apparatchiks with a drouth for their beloved drams.