adjective, adverb, verb (used with object) Dialect.
- dermot macmurrough,
- dernier cri,
Examples from the Web for derned
Suppose I'd see you and your derned old rancho in—t'other place—hic—damn me.Two Men of Sandy Bar|Bret Harte
S'posin' that derned boat struck a rock er upset er somethin'!The Daughter of Anderson Crow|George Barr McCutcheon
Well anyway, this derned story is going about, and something's got to be done to stop it.Simon|J. Storer Clouston
Derned silly thing to do, anyway, but he was scared of the folks.Menotah|Ernest G. Henham
He says he is determined To make the business stick Or (p. 266) spend that derned old well machine And all he can get on tick.Cowboy Songs|Various
"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.