Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A secret; secrecy.
  • n. A secret place; hiding.
  • n. An obscure language.
  • n. Darkness; obscurity.
  • adj. Hidden; secret; private.
  • v. To hide; secrete, as in a hole.
  • v. To hide oneself; skulk.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A gatepost or doorpost.
  • adj. Hidden; concealed; secret.
  • adj. Solitary; sad.

from The 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.

Etymologies

From Middle English dern, derne, from Old English dyrne, dierne ("secret"), from Proto-Germanic *darnijan (“secret”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher(ǝ)-, *dhrē- (“to hold, hold tight, support”). See below. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English dern, derne, from Old English dyrne, dierne ("hidden, secret, retired, obscure, remote, eluding detection, concealed, deceitful, evil, magical"), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaz (“hidden, masked”), from Proto-Indo-European *dher(ǝ)-, *dhrē- (“to hold, hold tight, support”). Cognate with Old Frisian dern, dren ("hidden, secret"), Old Saxon derni ("hidden, secret"), Old High German tarni ("hidden"). (Wiktionary)
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)

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