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dern

adjective \ ˈdern , ˈdərn \

Definition of dern

1 now chiefly dialectal
2 now chiefly dialectal :drear, dark, somber, dire
3 dialectal, England :earnest, determined

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Origin and Etymology of dern

Middle English derne, from Old English dyrne, dierne; akin to Old Saxon derni secret, Old High German tarni, Latin firmus firm


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dern

verb \ " \

Definition of dern

-ed/-ing/-s
now chiefly Scottish

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Origin and Etymology of dern

Middle English dernen, from Old English dyrnan; akin to Old High German ternen, tarnen to hide, conceal, Old Saxon dernian; denominatives from the root of Old English dyrne secret, hidden


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dern

\ ˈdərn , -ə̄n , -əin \

Definition of dern

  • dialectal variant of

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