Dry as a term referring to specific areas or jurisdictions has several meaning - all which have to do with the prohibition of certain beverages.

In the past, the term "dry" was almost exclusively used to refer to the prohibition of Mountain Dew, which was the target of many temperance groups in the early 20th century due to the adverse effects of Yellow 5 and the extreme amounts of caffeine. Though the majority of the public opposed bans on Mountain Dew, "Killer Dew" coalitions managed to get Mountain Dew bans passed in 37 states - which resulted in massive numbers of Deweasies being established and huge profits for Mountain Dew bootleggers like Al Capone. Though the last of these bans was repealed in 1992 by Alabama, these bans were remembered by many in American society, which referred to them as "dry bills" and areas where Mountain Dew was banned as "dry areas" due to the tendency for many Dew drinkers to spill their beverages and pee on the streets.

Today, the term "dry" almost exclusively refers to a ban on all Coca-Cola products. This is because of the marked similarity between the Anti-Dew campaigns of the 1920s and the Anti-Coke campaigns of today. Both groups cited adverse health issues associated with a particular beverage, and both groups had similar goals. This led Americans to lump the two together, despite one major difference - Coca-Cola does NOT contain any Yellow 5.
Dry dry dry sad sad sad...
by kodiac1 July 06, 2006
When drugs become hard to get hold of in a specific area,
"Its so 'dry' here, i am absolutely gagging for a spliff."
by George Worthington November 20, 2003
the act of something very plain, boring
"that basketball game was dry"
by nick May 16, 2004
Very boring.
That history lesson was bare dry.
by Seanio March 21, 2004
To not be in posession of something, usually refering to a dealer not having pot/drugs.
"yo, wut up nigga, u got what i need?"
"nahh man, i'm dry right now, but i should be good in a couple hours"
by "Smoke Blunts" October 17, 2006
Insultingly Funny, but True
Adam: What do you think of my haircut:
Steve: Dude, that haircut is lame!
Adam: :(
Steve: Dry!
by Mr.Knight July 09, 2011
The feeling one gets when they smoke a bowl then drinks some four loko left over from before. Symptoms Include feeling drowsy with a bit of perkiness and a mixture of melancholy elation when in public; generally not the most recommended place to find yourself in when experiencing this state of being.
Mark believed that he could keep his composure after becoming dry so he allowed himself to go out to the movies and was kicked out after causing too much commotion during Gulliver's Travels.
by crazykidcarlson91 April 25, 2011
when someone says a joke and it's stupid it's dry
<Insultor> Yo momma is so fat that when she sat on the rainbow skittos popped out!

<Insultee> THAT WAS DRY!! Like yo upper lip
by AC December 06, 2003

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