Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- v. transitive To vex; grill; trouble; oppress.
- v. intransitive To delay; linger; tarry.
- v. intransitive, Scotland To move slowly and heavily; dawdle; loiter.
- n. An idle wench; a flattern.
- n. Scotland A person slow in the execution of a job; a dawdler.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete See drecche.
- From Middle English dretchen, drecchen, drechen, from Old English *dreċċan (“to draw out, delay, linger”), from Proto-Germanic *drakjanan (“to draw, pull”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰreǵ- (“to pull, drag, scratch”). Cognate with Scots dratch, dretch ("to dawdle"), Dutch trekken ("to draw, pull, tear, pluck, trek"), German trecken ("to draw, trek"), Danish trække ("to draw, pull"), Norwegian dråk ("stripe"), Swedish dialectal drakig ("striped, streaked"), Icelandic rák ("streak"). (Wiktionary)
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