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EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

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.

VerbEdit

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

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 formsEdit

AdjectiveEdit

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.

NounEdit

dree ‎(plural drees)

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

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Low GermanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German drê, drî, drie.

NumeralEdit

dree

  1. three

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LuxembourgishEdit

PlautdietschEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Low German drê, drî, drie.

NumeralEdit

dree

  1. (cardinal) three

ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Old English drēogan.

PronunciationEdit

VerbEdit

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

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

Derived termsEdit