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DREE, v.2, n.2 A curtailed form of Dreid, q.v.

1. v. To suspect; fear (Ags. 1949 (per Abd.27)). Sc. 1874  W. Allan Hamespun Lilts 334:
I dree my Jamie's on the muir an' fechtin' wi' the snaw.
Ags. 1932  J. M. Barrie Julie Logan 43:
“I hope I shall not fail them,” I said loftily. Nevertheless I dreed what was coming.
Per. 1895  R. Ford Tayside Songs 29:
He's crabbit an' croose, but I'd redd him tak' tent, For in quarters he little may dree, There's a plot to get Mammon set up in his shoon.
Kcb. 1826  J. Hannah Rhymes (1854) 36:
He sairly dreed some sad mishap.
s.Sc. 1835–40  J. M. Wilson (ed.) Tales of the Borders (1857–59) XIV. 18:
Little did he dree what a dear parliament the ane that he then spoke o' was to be to him.

2. n. In derivs. dreefu', -some, adj., dreadful, fearsome. Clc. 1850  J. Crawford Doric Lays 9:
An' like the wull-cat's dreesome din, The lum gi'ed mony a yell.
Lnk. 1880  P. M'Arthur Amusements 138:
In dreesome cleughs, hid from men's sight, Through a' the lang an' darksome night.
Wgt. 1912  A.O.W.B. Fables frae French 60:
But three days aifter, blin' an' thochtless baith, Baukie ance mair gat into dreefu' scaith.

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