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?] (driugan, “to do military service”), Icelandic drýgja (“to commit, connect, perpetrate, lengthen”). See also dright, drighten.
- (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)
- (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 *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”).
- (Now chiefly dialectal) Long; large; ample; great.
- (Now chiefly dialectal) Great; of serious moment.
- (Now chiefly dialectal) Tedious; wearisome; tiresome.
dree (plural drees)