Etymology 1Edit

PIE root

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.


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 2Edit

PIE root

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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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 3Edit

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


dree ‎(plural drees)

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





PIE root

From Old English drēogan.



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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