dern

adjective
\ˈdern, ˈdərn\

Definition of dern 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 now chiefly dialectal

a : hidden, secret

b : crafty, underhanded

2 now chiefly dialectal : drear, dark, somber, dire

3 dialectal, England : earnest, determined

dern

verb
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-ed/-ing/-s

Definition of dern (Entry 2 of 3)

now chiefly Scottish

dern

\ˈdərn, -ə̄n, -əin\

Definition of dern (Entry 3 of 3)

dialectal variant of

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History and Etymology for dern

Adjective

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

Verb

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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