What Does DRY Mean?

In programming, DRY means "Don't Repeat Yourself." In general speech, DRY means "uninteresting," or "without alcohol." Here is more information about each of these definitions of DRY.

Don't Repeat Yourself

In coding, DRY is an acronym, used with the meaning "Don't Repeat yourself," to remind programmers that they should write code that is concise and not create a lot of functions that do the same thing.


Dry is used in general speech to mean that a person or situation is uninspiring or uninteresting.

Without Alcohol

When referring to parties or other social events, dry usually means that no alcoholic drinks will be served or allowed.

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When I write DRY, I mean this:

meaning of DRY

"Don't Repeat Yourself"

Summary of Key Points for the First Definition

"Don't Repeat Yourself" is the most common definition for DRY in coding.
Definition:Don't Repeat Yourself
Guessability:guessability level 4

4: Difficult to guess

Typical Users:typical user

Summary of Key Points for the Second Definition

"Uninteresting" is a common definition for DRY on Snapchat, WhatsApp, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and TikTok.
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Summary of Key Points for the Third Definition

DRY also means "Without Alcohol."
Definition:Without Alcohol
Type:Word (Slang)
Guessability:guessability level 3

3: Guessable

Typical Users:typical user
Adults and Teenagers

Example of DRY Used in a Text

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