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dern

adjective \ˈdern, ˈdərn\

Definition of dern

  1. 1 now chiefly dialectal a :  hidden, secret b :  crafty, underhanded

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

  3. 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 — more at firm


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dern

verb \"\

Definition of dern

-ed/-ing/-s

now chiefly Scottish

  1. :  hide, conceal

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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

  1. dialectal variant of darn

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