[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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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 dreed



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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