Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Hidden; secret; private.
- To hide; secrete, as in a hole.
- To hide one's self; skulk.
- n. Same as dearn.
- Same as darn, a minced form of damn. Also written durn.
- v. transitive To hide; secrete, as in a hole.
- v. intransitive To hide oneself; skulk.
- adj. Hidden; secret; private.
- n. A secret; secrecy.
- n. A secret place; hiding.
- n. An obscure language.
- n. Darkness; obscurity.
GNU Webster's 1913
- From Middle English dernen, dærnen, from Old English dyrnan, diernan ("to keep secret, conceal, hide, restrain, repress, hide oneself"), from Proto-Germanic *darnijanan (“to conceal”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher(ǝ)-, *dhrē- (“to hold, hold tight, support”). Cognate with Old Saxon dernian ("to conceal"), German tarnen ("to camougflage, disguise"). See also darn, tarnish. (Wiktionary)
“The 1789 quotation is from Webster, who takes darn as in darn sweet to be descended from the older word dern, originally meaning”
“Some kind of dern Noah, gathering up critters two by two? sophisticated Joe Walker asked.”
“I longs to jest call the dern'd fellow out into the bushes, and ax him for a showing of his pockets. ”
“He dismissed the idea that raising taxes alone might help erase the deficit, saying "raising taxes doesn't do a dern thing" to address health care costs that are projected to be a big driver of future fiscal problems.”
“However, Republicans are still upset about Pelosi, Health Care Reform, Clinton, Woodstock, the internet, paying ANY taxes, not having enough guns, Obama's first presidential order to ban all guns, their definition of Socialism being at odds with the actual definition and that that dern rap Music.”
“One would think he would've been traumatized but the dern thing decided he liked it.”
“This time more than in his 2002 campaign Barnes is much more engaged in what you call retail fund raising, and doing a dern good job so far.”
“Libraries can be confusing places — what with all those dern ideas and books and things.”
“He should also have to demonstrate his "right stuff" by sampling the urinator-recylater water too & flavored with Tang for the prez (gosh, that's if they ever get that dern thing to work right - can't believe the cosmonauts would really want to "borrow" the US can, probably not the "reclaimed" water though)!”
“Now we will have the type of mo dern education space designed specifically for a new type of learning environment and curriculum," says Lee Goldman, the dean of the Faculties of Health Sciences and Medicine and executive vice president for health and biomedical sciences at Columbia University.”
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