dree

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English dreen, dreghen, dreogen, from Old English drēogan, from Proto-Germanic *dreuganą (to work, act, do military service), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrewgʰ- (to hold fast). Cognate with Scots dree, drie (to endure, thole, suffer, bear), Gothic 𐌳𐍂𐌹𐌿𐌲𐌰𐌽 (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, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, volume 8:
      And redoubled pine for its dwellers I dree.
  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 *dʰrewgʰ- (to hold fast). 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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Low German[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German drê, drî, drie.

Numeral[edit]

dree

  1. three

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Verb[edit]

dree

  1. second-person singular imperative of dreeën

Plautdietsch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle Low German drê, drî, drie.

Numeral[edit]

dree

  1. (cardinal) three

Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old English drēogan.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

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

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

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