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[dree]Scot. and North England
  1. tedious; dreary.
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verb (used with object), dreed, dree·ing.
  1. to suffer; endure.
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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 dreed

Historical Examples of 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

    Katharine Tynan

  • He dreed out his weird most thoroughly, and drank the cup presented to him to the last dregs.

    The First Violin

    Jessie Fothergill

British Dictionary definitions for dreed


verb drees, dreeing or dreed
  1. (tr) to endure
  2. dree one's weird to endure one's fate
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  1. another word for dreich
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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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