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A modern front-load tumble clothes dryer for home application
A hair dryer

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Usage notes[edit]

In both British and American English, the spelling drier is preferred for the comparative adjective and dryer for the noun.


Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English driere, dreyere (one who dries), equivalent to dry +‎ -er (agent noun suffix).


dryer (plural dryers)

  1. One who, or that which, dries; a desiccative.
    The sun and a northwesterly wind are great driers of the earth.
  2. A household appliance that removes the water from clothing by accelerating evaporation, usually though heat and a tumbling motion.
  3. An electric hair dryer.
  4. Any other device or facility, household or industrial, designed to remove water or humidity.
    • 2004 December 17, Evgenii D. Moniushko, From Leningrad to Hungary: Notes of a Red Army Soldier, 1941-1946, Routledge, →ISBN, page 51:
      At that time, father, brother and I worked as night watchmen at the grain dryer. It was a large and complicated structure built out in the steppe. It consisted of a wooden tower with swinging shelves attached to the inside walls, []
  5. A catalyst used to promote the drying of paints and varnishes by oxidative crosslinking.
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Etymology 2[edit]

dry +‎ -er (comparative suffix)



  1. (US) comparative form of dry: more dry