Dretch definition

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(intransitive) To delay; linger; tarry.
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(intransitive, UK dialectal, Scotland) To move slowly and heavily; dawdle; loiter.
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(UK dialectal, Scotland) A person slow in the execution of a job; a dawdler.
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Origin of dretch

  • From Middle English dretchen, drecchen, drechen, from Old English *dreċċan (“to draw out, delay, linger”), from Proto-Germanic *drakjaną (“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”).

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  • From Middle English dretchen, drecchen, drechen, from Old English dreċċan (“to vex, irritate, trouble, torment, torture, oppress, afflict”), from Proto-Germanic *drakjaną (“to torment”), from Proto-Indo-European *dʰrag-, *dʰragʰ- (“bother, torment”). Cognate with Russian раздражать (raz-dražát', “to irritate”), Sanskrit द्राघते (drāghate, “to exert oneself, be tired, torment”).

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