Middle English druerie, "token of love or affection" (c. 1200); "love, affection between the sexes" (mid-13c.); "flirtation; person one loves, paramour" (c. 1300), from Old French druerie, from druz, dru (fem. drue) "darling, beloved, dear friend," ultimately from Germanic. The noun dru was attested in English from early 13c. All now obsolete.