dern

[ durn ]
/ dɜrn /
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adjective, adverb, verb (used with object) Dialect.


Nearby words

  1. dermopteran,
  2. dermot macmurrough,
  3. dermotherm,
  4. dermotropic,
  5. dermovascular,
  6. dernier cri,
  7. dero,
  8. derogate,
  9. derogation,
  10. derogative

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Word Origin and History for dern

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.

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