WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
ar•id /ˈærɪd/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. extremely dry:the arid desert.
  2. lacking vitality; uninteresting:an arid imagination.
a•rid•i•ty /əˈrɪdɪti/USA pronunciation  n. [uncountable]
ar•id•ly, adv. 

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
ar•id  (arid),USA pronunciation adj. 
  1. being without moisture; extremely dry;
    parched:arid land; an arid climate.
  2. barren or unproductive because of lack of moisture:arid farmland.
  3. lacking interest or imaginativeness;
    jejune:an arid treatment of an exciting topic.
a•rid•i•ty  (ə ridi tē),USA pronunciation  arid•ness, n.  arid•ly, adv. 
  • Latin āridus, equivalent. to ār(ēre) to be dry + -idus -id4; compare ash1
  • French)
  • ( 1645–55
    • 1.See corresponding entry in Unabridged See  dry.
    • 3.See corresponding entry in Unabridged   tedious, dreary, vapid, uninspired, uninspiring.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

arid /ˈærɪd/ adj
  1. having little or no rain; dry; parched with heat
  2. devoid of interest
Etymology: 17th Century: from Latin āridus, from ārēre to be dry

aridity /əˈrɪdɪtɪ/, ˈaridness n

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