[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 dreed
His face quivered before these blows, but all he said was, “I must dree my dreed.”The Little Minister
J. M. Barrie
“When the sin is done the weird is dreed,” said Thorgunna, and with that she was not.The Waif Woman
Robert Louis Stevenson
Gude speed ye gif ye gang for guid, quoth I, for I dreed our auld carline was casting some o her pranks.
Moya Lavelle shut herself up in the cabin her husband Patrick had built, and dreed her weird alone.An Isle in the Water
He dreed out his weird most thoroughly, and drank the cup presented to him to the last dregs.The First Violin
- (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 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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