We are touring this beautiful country and I've lost my luggage owing to the derned foolishness of the railroad officials here.
Well anyway, this derned story is going about, and something's got to be done to stop it.
But I says to myself I will have the derned thing out here and now, and know the worst.
I'd know that derned twisted horn if I was dead twenty years!
Besides, what Whitman had done any one might do, for by common consent he was a "derned fool."
"Served the derned galoots right," pronounced Bronco virtuously.
derned funny where that Dick Beckworth has holed up, Blaney was saying.
But I know that derned crazy 121 gal was the cause of Dick Beckworths end.
"Some derned sheepman gone crazy an' shot his-self," grumbled Sam.
I said I'd kill 'im if that garglin' oil didn't cure 'im, 'an I'm derned ef I don't, too!
"secret, hidden" (obsolete), from Old English derne "concealed, secret, dark," from West Germanic *darnjaz (cf. Old Saxon derni, Old Frisian dern, Old High German tarni "secret, concealed").
As a verb, "to conceal," from Old English diernan "to hide." Cf. Old High German tarnjan "to conceal, hide;" German Tarnkappe "cloak of invisibility." Related to dark (adj.). French ternir "to tarnish, to dull" is a Germanic loan-word.