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[dree] /dri/ Scot. and North England
tedious; dreary.
verb (used with object), dreed, dreeing.
to suffer; endure.
Also, dreegh
[dreekh] /drix/ (Show IPA),
dreigh, driech, driegh.
Origin of dree
before 1000; Middle English; Old English drēogan to endure; cognate with Gothic driugan to serve (in arms) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dree
Historical Examples
  • “Thou must dree thy weird like all other daughters of men, fair Psyche,” he said.

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • I'm 'fey' to-day, as the Scotch say, and must 'dree my weird'.

  • Tu or dree dizzen, an' half a ton o' coral an' some wild-crabs.

    A Poor Man's House

    Stephen Sydney Reynolds
  • No: I must dree this weird (if that is the expression), and hoe this row, all by myself.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • No, no, dear old chap; let me dree my weird, as Susan used to say.

    Lover or Friend

    Rosa Nouchette Carey
  • Every man, as the Scotch proverb says, must “dree his own weird.”

    The Man Bram Stoker
  • He went to the Parsons with I. From he to they ant more nor dree mile.

  • dree quarters of a score I've had, and not one on 'em come anigh me!

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • My history is dree, as we say, and will serve to while away another morning.

    Wuthering Heights Emily Bronte
  • I wanted you to “dree your own weird,” as the Scotch say; and I wanted to know of it—that was all.

British Dictionary definitions for dree


verb drees, dreeing, dreed
(transitive) to endure
dree one's weird, to endure one's fate
another word for dreich
Word Origin
Old English drēogan; related to Old Norse drӯgja to perpetrate
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Word Origin and History for dree

Old English dreogan "to work, suffer, endure;" see drudge. Cf. Old Norse drygjado "carry out, accomplish," Gothic driugan "serve as a soldier."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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