Definitions

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  • v. To trouble; afflict; make anxious.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See drove.

Etymologies

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From Middle English dreven (also droven), from Old English drēfan, *drōfian ("to trouble, vex, agitate, disturb the mind of"), from Proto-Germanic *drōbijanan (“to disturb, excite, make muddy”), from Proto-Indo-European *dherebh-, *dhrebh- (“to become thick or cloudy, curdle, ferment”). Cognate with Low German dröven, Dutch droeven ("to be sad, grieve"), German trüben ("to dull, dim, cloud, tarnish, trouble"), Swedish bedröva ("to grieve, sadden, distress").

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