- the lair or shelter of a wild animal, especially a predatory mammal.
- a room, often secluded, in a house or apartment, designed to provide a quiet, comfortable, and informal atmosphere for conversation, reading, writing, etc.
- a cave used as a place of shelter or concealment.
- a squalid or vile abode or place: dens of misery.
- one of the units of a cub scout pack, analogous to a patrol in the Boy Scouts.
- to drive or pursue (an animal) into its den.
- to kill (an animal) inside its den.
- to live in or as if in a den.
Origin of den
Examples from the Web for denning
But Denning shouldn't have asked the stranger into the reception-room.The Music Master
Miss Denning smiled in his face, while I felt as if I wished he would be as fatherly with me.
You were close to us this morning when Mr Denning spoke to me.
And it seems to be doing Mr Denning and his sister ever so much good.
You can take them back,” said Mr Denning, shortly, “I shall not fish to-day.
- Baron Alfred Thompson . 1899–1999, English judge; Master of the Rolls 1962-82
- the habitat or retreat of a lion or similar wild animal; lair
- a small or secluded room in a home, often used for carrying on a hobby
- a squalid or wretched room or retreat
- a site or haunta den of vice
- Scot a small wooded valley; dingle
- Scot and Northern English dialect a place of sanctuary in certain catching games; home or base
- (intr) to live in or as if in a den
Word Origin and History for denning
Old English denn "wild animal's lair," from Proto-Germanic *danjan (cf. Middle Low German denne "lowland, wooded vale, den," Old English denu "valley," Old Frisian dene "down," Old High German tenni, German tenne "threshing floor," from PIE *dan- "low ground"). Sense of "small room" is 1771, originally colloquial.