Difference Between Drier and Dryer

Main Difference

The main difference between drier and dryer is that drier is an adjective whereas dryer is a noun.

Drier vs. Dryer

The words drier and dryer are homophones (words that sound alike), but they have a different meaning. Drier and dryer cannot be distinguished in spoken English. Although, both the words drier and dryer have a different context as well as usage. Drier is a person or thing that dries; a desiccative. A dryer is a household appliance which through heat and tumbling motion, removes the water from clothing by evaporation. Drier is an adjective. It means less wet. The dryer is a noun. It refers to a device for making things less wet. Drier also refers to the weather. If someone is referencing the weather, drier is the word of which he/she is thinking. For example, Arizona is known for its drier climate than that of Washington State. The noun dryer refers to a device that makes something less wet, e.g., a load of laundry or freshly washed hair. The example of drier is “my shirt became drier after I left them by the fireplace for a few minutes.” The example of a dryer is “The manufacturer recalled all the Volta 9000 hairdryer units when a lawsuit claimed the devices were responsible for many house fires.”

Comparison Chart

DrierDryer
A person or thing that dries; a desiccativeA household appliance which through heat or tumbling motion, removes the water from clothing by evaporation
Parts of Speech
AdjectiveNoun
Category
Person/thingThing/appliance
Examples
My shirt became drier after I left them by the fireplace for a few minutesThe manufacturer recalled all the Volta 9000 hairdryer units when a lawsuit claimed the devices were responsible for many house fires

What is Drier?

Drier is an adjective. It means a person or thing that dries; a desiccative. Drier means less wet. It also refers to the weather. If someone is referencing the weather, drier is the word of which he/she is thinking. For example, Arizona is known for its drier climate than that of Washington State. Dries may expel or absorb moisture as the sun, and a northwesterly wind is great driers of the earth. The adjective drier is an alternative form of the noun dryer. Drier is used to describing wetness among two or more objects.

Examples

  • My shirt became much drier after I left them by the fireplace for a few minutes.
  • “The mat is drier over there, where my cat was not drooling on it,” said Elle.
  • “Drier air trigger headaches. Despite the cold outside, your body still loses a considerable amount of water through sweating and evaporation.” The Richmond Register

What is the Dryer?

A dryer is a household appliance which through heat or tumbling motion, removes the water from clothing by evaporation. It is a noun. Dryer refers to a device that makes something less wet, e.g., a load of laundry or freshly washed hair. Dryer means (in the US) an appliance that uses heat and spinning bin to evaporate moisture from clothes and other fabrics. A dryer is a short term for “Clothes dryer.” In the UK, dryers are also known as “tumble dryers.” A dryer is an alternative form of drier.

Examples

  • The manufacturer recalled all the Volta 9000 hairdryer units when a lawsuit claimed the devices were responsible for many house fires.
  • I am going to buy a new hairdryer for my hairstyling.
  • “Today’s dryers are loaded with features such as wrinkle shields, moisture sensors, and steam cycles. But many consumers are making basic mistakes that affect how they work.” –The Washington Post

Key Differences

  1. Drieris a person or thing that dries; a desiccative whereas dryer is a household appliance which through heat or tumbling motion, removes the water from clothing by evaporation.
  2. Drier is an adjective; on the flip side dryer is a noun.
  3. Drier refers to a device for making things less wet on the other hand dryer means (in the US) an appliance that uses heat and spinning bin to evaporate moisture from clothes and other fabrics.
  4. The example of drier is “my shirt became drier after I left them by the fireplace for a few minutes.” While the example of a dryer is “The manufacturer recalled all the Volta 9000 hairdryer units when a lawsuit claimed the devices were responsible for many house fires.”

Conclusion

Drier and dryer are homophones but have a different meaning and usage in different contexts.

Aimie Carlson

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