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dern

[durn] /dɜrn/
adjective, adverb, verb (used with object), Dialect.
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darn2 .
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  • Look at that feller shut his eyes and stretch his derned old neck!

  • But that derned Welshman got around her and she growed cold.

  • Well anyway, this derned story is going about, and something's got to be done to stop it.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • I've met some derned good liars in my time, but you beat the lot.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • I reckon that some of us are too derned proud—But we ain't cold.

    The Crisis, Complete Winston Churchill
  • He was outside, and he meant to stay there and be derned to 'em!

  • "Served the derned galoots right," pronounced Bronco virtuously.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • So derned stingy that he'd skin a flea to get its hide and tallow!

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • I'd know that derned twisted horn if I was dead twenty years!

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • But I know that derned crazy 121 gal was the cause of Dick Beckworths end.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
Word Origin and History for derned

dern

adj.

"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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