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[dree] /dri/ Scot. and North England
tedious; dreary.
verb (used with object), dreed, dreeing.
to suffer; endure.
Also, dreegh
[dreekh] /drix/ (Show IPA),
dreigh, driech, driegh.
Origin of dree
before 1000; Middle English; Old English drēogan to endure; cognate with Gothic driugan to serve (in arms) Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for dree
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  • 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
  • Every man, as the Scotch proverb says, must “dree his own weird.”

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

    A Book of Myths Jean Lang
  • Id vill simbly gost you von tollar a pottle, dree bottles vor dwo tollars.

    Frank Merriwell's Bravery Burt L. Standish
  • dree quarters of a score I've had, and not one on 'em come anigh me!

    Perlycross R. D. Blackmore
  • "I will give you one—two—dree—foar—five gold pounds, if you get me the place where to find our little lady," he remarked.

    Mortomley's Estate, Vol. II (of 3) Charlotte Elizabeth Lawson Cowan Riddell
  • His face quivered before these blows, but all he said was, “I must dree my dreed.”

    The Little Minister J. M. Barrie
  • If Sandy has disgraced the house I made him master o, ay, and a gentleman to boot, he maun just dree the dregs.

  • Ram Lal, will you riddle me, also, my weird that I must dree?

    Mr. Isaacs F. Marion Crawford
British Dictionary definitions for dree


verb drees, dreeing, dreed
(transitive) to endure
dree one's weird, to endure one's fate
another word for dreich
Word Origin
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."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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