He at length escaped them by derning himself in a fox-earth. ― H. Miller.
But look how soon they heard of Holoferne / Their courage quail'd, and they began to derne. ― T. Hudson.
Origin of dern
- From Middle English dern, derne, from Old English dyrne, dierne (“hidden, secret, retired, obscure, remote, eluding detection, concealed, deceitful, evil, magical”), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaz (“hidden, masked”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher(ǝ)-, *dhrē- (“to hold, hold tight, support”). Cognate with Old Frisian dern, dren (“hidden, secret”), Old Saxon derni (“hidden, secret”), Old High German tarni (“hidden”).
- From Middle English dernen, dærnen, from Old English dyrnan, diernan (“to keep secret, conceal, hide, restrain, repress, hide oneself”), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaną (“to conceal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher(ǝ)-, *dhrē- (“to hold, hold tight, support”). Cognate with Old Saxon dernian (“to conceal”), German tarnen (“to camougflage, disguise”). See also darn, tarnish.