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- (Northern England, Scotland, Northern Ireland) Bleak, miserable, dismal, cheerless, dreary.
- 1932, Lewis Grassic Gibbon, “A Scots Quair”, in Sunset Song, Polygon, published 2006, page 243:
- It looked a dreich, cold place as you rode by at night, near as lonesome as the old Mill was, and not near as handy.
- 1941 January, C. Hamilton Ellis, “The Scottish Station”, in Railway Magazine, page 3:
- There are many other species of Scottish station, from geranium-hung coastal termini to dreich places in the Black Country, but a concluding note must be reached, and it shall concern Glasgow.
- 2002 November 14, “Glasgow's ambassadors receive a dreich welcome in Havana”, in The Scotsman:
- 2004, Susan Hill, The Various Haunts of Men, published 2004, page 4:
- but driving home at this dreich hour and at the end of a difficult shift, she found the ectoplasmic fog unnerving
- 2020, Douglas Stuart, Shuggie Bain, page 336:
- On dreich days Shuggie would take Agnes's wedding album and hide at the foot of her bed poring over the photos of his father.
dreich f sg
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From Middle English dregh, from Old English ġedrēog, *drēog, from Proto-West Germanic *dreug, from Proto-Germanic *dreugaz. Possibly influenced by Brythonic, e.g. Welsh drycin (“bad weather”) < drwg (“bad”) + hin (“weather”).
- persistent, continuous, relentless
- slow, tardy
- dismal, dowie, dreary, bleak
- 2000, Matthew Fitt, But n Ben A-Go-Go, Luath, published 2000, page 132:
- The dreich inhuman blue on Nadia's lang-wheesht thocht-screen fizzed intae life.
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- tedious, wearisome, drawn-out
- reluctant, tight-fisted, driving a hard bargain