Drought (?), n. [OE. droght, drougth, dru, AS. druga, from drugian to dry. See Dry, and cf. Drouth, which shows the original final sound.]


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. Chaucer.

In a drought the thirsty creatures cry. Dryden.


Thirst; want of drink.



Scarcity; lack.

A drought of Christian writers caused a dearth of all history. Fuller.


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