[dree]Scot. and North England


tedious; dreary.

verb (used with object), dreed, dree·ing.

to suffer; endure.

Also dreegh [dreekh] /drix/, dreigh, driech, driegh.

Origin of dree

before 1000; Middle English; Old English drēogan to endure; cognate with Gothic driugan to serve (in arms)
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Examples from the Web for dree

Historical Examples of dree

  • “Thou must dree thy weird like all other daughters of men, fair Psyche,” he said.

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for dree


verb drees, dreeing or dreed

(tr) to endure
dree one's weird to endure one's fate


another word for dreich

Word Origin for dree

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."

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