dree

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dreen, dreghen, dreogen, from Old English drēogan (to do, work, perform, fulfill, take part in, conduct, lead a (certain) life, pass life, fight, wander, commit, perpetrate, do battle, wage war, experience, bear, suffer, endure, sustain, tolerate, act, labor, enjoy, be employed, be busy), from Proto-Germanic *dreuganą (to work, act, do military service), from Proto-Indo-European *dhereugh- (to hold fast), from Proto-Indo-European *dher- (to hold, hold fast, support). Cognate with Scots dree, drie (to endure, thole, suffer, bear), Gothic [script needed] (driugan, to do military service), Icelandic drýgja (to commit, connect, perpetrate, lengthen). See also dright, drighten.

Verb[edit]

dree (third-person singular simple present drees, present participle dreeing, simple past and past participle dreed)

  1. (transitive) To suffer; bear; thole; endure; put up with; undergo.
    • 1885: And redoubled pine for its dwellers I dree — Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night (Volume 8)
  2. (intransitive) To endure; brook; be able to do or continue.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English dreȝ, dregh, dryȝ (long, extended, great), from Old English *drēog (fit, sober, earnest) and/or Old Norse drjúgr (extensive, sufficient); both from Proto-Germanic *dreugaz (extensive, firm), from Proto-Indo-European *dhereugh- (to hold fast), from Proto-Indo-European *dher- (to hold, hold fast, support). Cognate with Scots dreich (extensive, lasting, long-lasting, tedious, tiresome, slow), West Frisian drege (extensive, long-lasting), Danish drøj (tough, solid, heavy), Swedish dryg (lasting, liberal, hard, large, ample), Icelandic drjúgur (long, substantial, ample, heavy).

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Adjective[edit]

dree (comparative more dree, superlative most dree)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Long; large; ample; great.
  2. (Now chiefly dialectal) Great; of serious moment.
  3. (Now chiefly dialectal) Tedious; wearisome; tiresome.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English dreghe, dregh, from dregh, dreȝ (long, extended, great). See above.

Noun[edit]

dree (plural drees)

  1. (Now chiefly dialectal) Length; extension; the longest part.

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Verb[edit]

dree

  1. second-person singular imperative of dreeën

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Old English drēogan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

tae dree (third-person singular simple present drees, present participle dreein, simple past dreed, past participle dreed)

  1. to endure, suffer, put up with, undergo

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