One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Sample or taste (something)‘she preed her tea from her teaspoon’
- ‘After preeing the whisky bottle, the young farmer again set out through the deep snow.’
- ‘He was preeing the drink and paying little heed to food.’
- ‘I insist on your preeing a Scotch brandy-posset.’
- ‘You are in the practice of giving your customers a dram, but first preeing or smelling the liquor yourself.’
- ‘When the bottom dish had been preed, the waiters came round.’
- ‘You're always for preeing the broth.’
Early 16th century (in sense ‘to prove or establish’): variant of prove. Compare with gie.
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