Gaw dreʒ; Cl dryʒ; WA dreʒe, superl. dreʒest
‘great; incessant, heavy; unmoved, enduring’ (Modern English dree, dreigh)
Proposed ON Etymon (OIcel representative)
drjúgr 'abundant, sufficient, lasting; supportive staunch, persistent (etc.)'
(ONP drjúgr (adj.))
Other Scandinavian Reflexes
Far dr(j)úgvur, Icel drjúgur, Norw drjug, Sw dryg
gedrēog ‘quiet, calm, sobre; fit, suitable’
Phonological and morphological markers
Predominantly N and E and alliterative, with the exception of MED’s sense 3(a) ‘patient, long-suffering’, which contains a handful of S citations (the earliest is a1225(?a1200) Trin.Hom.(Trin-C B.14.52)) as well as Gaw 724. EDD records Sc., Ire., N and N/EM dial usage in MnE.
Occurrences in the Gersum Corpus
Gaw 335, 724, 1031, etc., Pe 823; Cl 342, 385; WA 2091, 4441, 4804
On the sense at Gaw 335 and 724 see PS 335n; on the construction at Gaw 1031 see PSn; and on Gaw 1460 see Wright 1935: 170. McGillivray (335n) prefers to assign the instance at Gaw 335 to ME drīe (PDE dry) in MED’s sense (7) (‘unfeeling, apathetic, unresponsive’). The D MS of WA has drafe dyntes derfe where A reads derfe dintis & dreʒe at 2091. The instance at WA 4441 is only found in the A MS. Skeat WA prints <drere> at 4804, but notes in the glossary that dreʒe 'is the read of the MS., and should have been retained'.