Pronunciation Verb

dree (drees, present participle dreeing; past and past participle dreed)

  1. (transitive, chiefly, dialectal, North England and Scotland) To suffer; bear; 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, chiefly, dialectal, North England and Scotland) To endure; brook; be able to do or continue.
Synonyms Adjective


  1. (now, chiefly, dialectal) Long; large; ample; great.
  2. (now, chiefly, dialectal) Great; of serious moment.
  3. (now, chiefly, dialectal) Tedious; wearisome; tiresome.

dree (plural drees)

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

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