Origin of dreeMiddle English drien ; from Old English dreogan ; from Indo-European an unverified form dhereugh ; from base an unverified form dher-, to hold firm: see firm
(third-person singular simple present drees, present participle dreeing, simple past and past participle dreed)
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 *dreuganą (“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 [script?] (driugan, “to do military service”), Icelandic drýgja (“to commit, connect, perpetrate, lengthen”). See also dright, drighten.
(comparative more dree, superlative most dree)
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”).
From Middle English dreghe, dregh, from dregh, dreȝ (“long, extended, great”). See above.