dree (third-person singular simple present drees, present participle dreeing, simple past and past participle dreed)
- (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.
- (intransitive) To endure; brook; be able to do or continue.
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”).
- dreigh, dreegh (Scotland)
dree (comparative more dree, superlative most dree)
- (now chiefly dialectal) Long; large; ample; great.
- (now chiefly dialectal) Great; of serious moment.
- (now chiefly dialectal) Tedious; wearisome; tiresome.
From Middle English dreghe, dregh, from dregh, dreȝ (“long, extended, great”). See above.
dree (plural drees)
- (now chiefly dialectal) Length; extension; the longest part.
- second-person singular imperative of dreeën