Definitions

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  • adj. Long; large; ample; great.
  • adj. Great; of serious moment.
  • adj. Tedious; wearisome; tiresome.
  • n. Length; extension; the longest part.
  • v. To suffer; bear; thole; endure; put up with; undergo.
  • v. To endure; brook; be able to do or continue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wearisome; tedious.
  • intransitive v. To be able to do or endure.
  • transitive v. To endure; to suffer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To suffer; bear; endure: as, to dree penance.
  • To endure; be able to do or continue.
  • Long; large; ample; great.
  • Great; of serious moment.
  • Tedious; wearisome; tiresome.
  • n. Length; extension; the longest part.

Etymologies

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 *dreuganan (“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  (driugan, "to do military service"), Icelandic drýgja ("to commit, connect, perpetrate, lengthen"). See also dright, drighten. (Wiktionary)
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"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English dreghe, dregh, from dregh, dreȝ ("long, extended, great"). See above. (Wiktionary)

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  • During this voyage ye heavens has been so dree overcast that
    no observation by stars, nor yet by sun can be got.

    - Peter Reading, Ukulele Music, 1985

    June 19, 2009

  • —adj.
    tedious; dreary.

    —v.t.
    to suffer; endure.

    See dree one's weird.

    October 25, 2008