DSL - SND1 DRAIK, v. and n. Also drake, drack, draak, drawk, drauk, drach-, drech-. The form daik (Jam.5) seems erroneous. Cf. [DROKE]. [drek, dr(:)k]
(1) To saturate, drench, slake, soak, esp. to soak meal in water (Per., Fif., Lth. Wilson, draik; Bwk. 1949 (per Abd.27), drawk; m.Dmf.3 c.1920, drack; Slk. 1949 (per Abd.27), Rxb. 1942 Zai, drawk). ¶With oot: to quench. Also fig. Ppl.adj. draket, wet, bedraggled. Also in n.Eng. dial.
*Sc. a.1776 D. Herd Sc. Songs (2nd ed.) II. 99:
His wig was like a drouket hen, And the tail o't hang doun, like a meikle maan lang draket gray goose-pen.
*Per. 1933 W. Soutar Seeds in the Wind 35:
Like it wud loup attour the müne An' draik the sma sternes oot.
*Fif. a.1880 Mrs Morton in Sc. National Readings (1914) 168:
She whyles took ane her meal to draik in.
*Lth. 1813 G. Bruce Poems 76:
Wi' water cauld hae drak'd their meal.
*wm.Sc. 1868 Laird of Logan 387:
Come awa, lads, my throat's as dry as a whistle, and gi'e me a dram to draik the dust.
*Ayr. 1887 J. Service Dr Duguid 123:
I am of the opinion that folk are nooadays drakit with owre mony new-fangled drogs.
*Gall. 1877 ``Saxon'' Gall. Gossip 276:
The young minister came into the house drauk't wi sweat.
(2) With up: to absorb, soak up.
*Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.:
The meal drackit up the waiter.
2. n. (1) Damp, wet weather; mist or rain (Arg.1 1940, obs.).
*Kcb. 1902 A. J. Armstrong in Gallovidian IV. xvi. 189:
I ga'ed to Ba'maghie the day In a' the drawk an' gloom.
Hence drackie, drawky, etc., damp, wet, misty (Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl. Ant. and Dwn., drawky, droghey; Uls.1 c.1920, drakey).
*Sc. 1824 R. Howden in Royal Sc. Minstr. 121:
As I came down the drechy moor, A heard the coaches dunner.
*wm.Sc. 1937 W. Hutcheson Chota Chants 20:
The dreepy sky's a draukie scunner, A whole dry day's an awesome won'er.
Isn't this the draaky day.
When rain falls, not in torrents but continuously, the day is said to be drackie.
*Uls. 1901 Some Ulsterisms in North. Whig:
``A drachy day'' is also a wet day, but a wet day with the added unpleasantness of sloppiness, stickiness, and general moist discomfort.
(2) In phr. in the draik, in a slovenly, neglected and disordered state, like something that is put aside unfinished.
*Mry. c.1780 R. Jamieson in Dunbar Poems (ed. Laing) II. 327:
A superstition prevailed in Morayshire about 50 years ago to the effect that no female would leave her work in the draik on Christmas Eve.
*Mry. 1806 R. Jamieson Pop. Ballads I. 288:
He stennet in; hys hart did quaik; For ilka thyng lay in the draik.
[O.Sc. drake, draik, to drench with water or other liquid, from 1561, drawk, id., from c.1420, drakie, wet, drizzly, 1650. Of uncertain origin. For the meaning cf.
[DROKE], [DROUK] and O.N. *drekk-, drakk-, drukk-, drekkja, to submerge (in Norw. dial., to soak), drukna, to drown, but the phonological relationships, if any, are unclear.]