Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
DREID, Dreed, v., n., adj. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. dread. Also †dried. [drid]
1. To suspect, to fear; either with direct obj. or obj. clause. Gen.Sc. Also in n.Eng. dial.
Bnff. 1882 W. M. Philip K. MacIntosh's Scholars vii.:
I dreid ye've ower muckle faith in Janet's ability to tak' care o' hersel'. Abd. 1828 P. Buchan Ballads I. 157:
Sae aft as ye hae dreaded me, But never found me wrang, my dear. Bch. 1929 (per Abd.1):
A dreedit it wis the pussy-cat had the wyte o' the fish disappearin'. Lnk. 1940 11 :
I had dreidit afore that he was lossin' his pey at the dugs. Ayr. 1790 Burns The Tailor fell . . . ii.:
The sleepy bit lassie, she dreaded nae ill.
Hence (1) dreader, one who suspects others of evil intent. Now only in Proverbial Saying below; (2) ill-dreaded, expecting evil.
(1) Sc. 1815 Scott Guy M. liii.:
It is the ill-doers are ill-dreaders. Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
Ill doers are ay ill dreaders. (2) Bwk. 1897 R. M. Calder Poems 123:
That nae guid will be his end, Gin he no' tak' thocht an' mend — Puir, ill-dreaded Yiddum.
2. Impers.: to cause to fear. Arch.
Per. c.1800 Young Hunting in Ballads (ed. Child) No. 68C. xvii.:
It bodes me sair, and drieds me mair, Clyde's Water's him forlorn.
1. With ill: grave suspicion or apprehension (Cai.7, Bnff.2, Abd.9, Ags.2, Fif.10 1940). Pl. in phr. in ill dreads, under suspicion.
Sc. 1820 A. Sutherland St Kathleen IV. 144:
Do ye mind what I told ye aboot the wraith? . . . I kent richt weel it boded nae gude, an' had an ill dreid that Kenny widna wait to meet his end in a contented manner. Sc. 1825 Jam.2:
“I hae an ill dread o' you.” I have great suspicion of you. Abd. 1920 A. Robb MS.:
I thocht he wad be in ill dreads fan I saw the men gedderin roon.
2. Derivs.: (1) dreidfu', dreadful, fearful; (2) dreidsome, idem.
(1) Sc. 1893 R. L. Stevenson Catriona xv.:
Syne, upon a suddenty, and wi' the ae dreidfu' skelloch. . . . Mry. 1897 J. Mackinnon Braefoot Sk. 63:
Fan A gaed doon tae milk humlie, A got a dreedfu' fricht. Edb. 1894 P. H. Hunter J. Inwick xix.:
Aboot twa o'clock in the mornin . . . An'ra Wabster's wife . . . cam reelin on the door in a dreidfu' state o' mind. (2) Kcb. a.1902 J. Heughan in Gallov. (1913) XV. 108:
To ill stamp oot, and dreid some waes affsklent.
3. In phr. to dree one's dreed, to accept the possible dire consequences of some action; cf. similar phr. s.v. Dread(d)our.
Ags. 1891 (2nd ed.) J. M. Barrie Little Minister xxxv.:
All he said was, “I must dree my dreed.”
III. adj. Dreadful, frightening.
Ags. 1901 W. J. Milne Reminisc. App. 289:
Fan the dreid howm wis reached, he met sic a blast O' blue brumstane reek, did his stoot hert appal. Hdg. 1885 J. Lumsden Rhymes and Sk. 92:
Ochone! gif my dreid fears come true.
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