Definition: Refers to something that is dreary. A drudge. Something that is endured rather than enjoyed.
Pronunciation: Say it like you see it. Dree.
Origin: From Old English dreogen, meaning to work/suffer/endure. Survived as Dree in the dialects of the border area between Scotland and England. Could also be Old Norse drygjado, meaning to ‘carry out’. Possible Gothic root – druigan (a service soldier).
Why This Word?
There are some words that operate at a level beyond meaning. They take on the feeling of what is being conveyed. Dree is one such word. An indulgent word, it is a perfect vehicle for expressing something that is suffered. Dree goes beyond common drudge, however. Dree feels like a bath made of hardship filled with drudge water and sorrow.
How to use the word dree in a sentence?
Some useful examples of how to use Dree in a sentence:
“How was work?”
“Very dree at the moment.”
“Are you enjoying your work as a septic tank cleaner?”
“No – working as a Septic Tank cleaner is very dree work indeed.”
“I heard you had a multiple birth – how many babies did you have?”
“Dree – oops – I mean ‘three’.”