Dern meaning

(now chiefly dialectal) A secret; secrecy.
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(now chiefly dialectal) Darkness; obscurity.
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(now chiefly dialectal) A secret place; hiding.
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(now chiefly dialectal) An obscure language.
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(now chiefly dialectal) Hidden; secret; private.
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(now chiefly dialectal) To hide; secrete, as in a hole.

He at length escaped them by derning himself in a fox-earth. ― H. Miller.

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(intransitive, now chiefly dialectal) To hide oneself; skulk.

But look how soon they heard of Holoferne / Their courage quail'd, and they began to derne. ― T. Hudson.

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(UK, dialect) A gatepost or doorpost.

So I just put my eye between the wall and the dern of the gate, and I saw him come up to the back door.., Charles Kingsley, Westward Ho!, Ch. XIV, How Salvation Yeo Slew the King of the Gubbings.

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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”).

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  • 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.

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  • From Middle English dern, derne, from Old English dyrne, dierne (“secret”), from Proto-Germanic *darniją (“secret”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher(ǝ)-, *dhrē- (“to hold, hold tight, support”). See below.

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  • Uncertain.

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