adjective, adverb, verb (used with object) Dialect.
Examples from the Web for dern
The effect of this, and of Wild, Dern says, is that a conversation about grief may finally be beginning.
Dern, then, is responsible for carrying the emotional weight of some of the most wrenching scenes in the pair of tearjerkers.
Witherspoon, in a physical, naked, reinventing performance plays Strayed, with Dern playing Bobbi in flashbacks.
In our conversation, Dern calls Wild a “mother-daughter love story.”
It is, like Dern's in Nebraska, of a vulnerable man at odds with the world.
"I believe the dern thing leaks," said he, and together we went over our store of food.The Trail of the Goldseekers|Hamlin Garland
“Yes; those Boy Scouts are too dern busy,” put in the other, a pale-faced, pimply lad of about seventeen.The Boy Scouts at the Panama Canal|John Henry Goldfrap
He's just too dern fat to do much more'n sit on a throne and eat grapes.Dream Town|Henry Slesar
You see, boys, he knows a clue when he sees it, when it wouldn't mean a dern thing to anybody else.A Double Barrelled Detective Story|Mark Twain
I seen I was a dern fool fur rushing off and not inquiring what kind of bottles, so I could trace what he was into easier.Danny's Own Story|Don Marquis
Word Origin and History for dern
"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.