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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Dreich, Dreigh, a. Also: dreiche, drigh. [ME. dregh, dreȝ (dreiȝ) (13th c.), OScand. *dreog-, dreug-, ON. drjúgr.] Extensive; lasting, tedious, tiresome, slow. c1420 Ratis R. 1191.
He [God] sittis heich And has a balans larg and dreich
a1605 Montg. Ch. & Slae 343.
The craig was vgly, stay and dreiche, … I was effrayit to mount so heich
Id. Misc. P. xxxii. 33.
Dreigh riuer marks, with hights and hidden houis, Ar perrilous
a1598 Ferg. Prov. (1641) 14 b.
Lata is lang and dreich
1606 Calderwood VIII. 58.
Fearing to be esteemed drigh, nice, or in any way wanting due regard to your Lordship's pleasure
1638 Bk. Pasquils 56.
From typset preachers drunk all night, And dreich againe er day be light, … deliver us

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