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DREID, Dreed, v., n., adj. Sc. forms and usages of Eng. dread. Also †dried. [drid]

I. v.

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.

II. n.

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.

[O.Sc. has drede, dreid, etc., to fear, from 1375; fear, apprehension, from 1375; doubt, uncertainty, from a.1400; adj. from 1570.]

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