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Webster 1913 Edition


Dree

Dree

(drē)
,
Verb.
T.
[AS.
dreógan
to bear, endure, complete.]
To endure; to suffer.
[Scot.]

Dree

,
Verb.
I.
To be able to do or endure.
[Obs.]

Dree

,
Adj.
Wearisome; tedious.
[Prov. Eng.]

Webster 1828 Edition


Dree

DREE

,
Verb.
T.
To suffer. [Not used.]

Definition 2021


dree

dree

English

Verb

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.
Derived terms

Etymology 2

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).

Alternative forms

  • dreigh, dreegh (Scotland)

Adjective

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.
Derived terms

Etymology 3

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

Noun

dree (plural drees)

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

Anagrams


Low German

Etymology

From Middle Low German drê, drî, drie.

Numeral

dree

  1. three

Related terms

  • (ordinal numeral) darde, drüdde, drüdd', drütt

Luxembourgish

Verb

dree

  1. second-person singular imperative of dreeën

Plautdietsch

Etymology

From Middle Low German drê, drî, drie.

Numeral

dree

  1. (cardinal) three

Scots

Etymology

From Old English drēogan.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /driː/

Verb

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

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

Derived terms