[dree]Scot. and North England
- tedious; dreary.
- to suffer; endure.
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
“Thou must dree thy weird like all other daughters of men, fair Psyche,” he said.A Book of Myths
I'm 'fey' to-day, as the Scotch say, and must 'dree my weird'.A harum-scarum schoolgirl
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
No, no, dear old chap; let me dree my weird, as Susan used to say.Lover or Friend
Rosa Nouchette Carey
- (tr) to endure
- dree one's weird to endure one's fate
- another word for dreich
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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