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dern

[durn] /dɜrn/
adjective, adverb, verb (used with object), Dialect
1.
darn2 .
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  • We are touring this beautiful country and I've lost my luggage owing to the derned foolishness of the railroad officials here.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • Well anyway, this derned story is going about, and something's got to be done to stop it.

    Simon J. Storer Clouston
  • But I says to myself I will have the derned thing out here and now, and know the worst.

    Danny's Own Story Don Marquis
  • I'd know that derned twisted horn if I was dead twenty years!

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • Besides, what Whitman had done any one might do, for by common consent he was a "derned fool."

  • "Served the derned galoots right," pronounced Bronco virtuously.

    The Long Dim Trail Forrestine C. Hooker
  • derned funny where that Dick Beckworth has holed up, Blaney was saying.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • But I know that derned crazy 121 gal was the cause of Dick Beckworths end.

    The Heart of Canyon Pass Thomas K. Holmes
  • "Some derned sheepman gone crazy an' shot his-self," grumbled Sam.

    Rimrock Trail J. Allan Dunn
  • I said I'd kill 'im if that garglin' oil didn't cure 'im, 'an I'm derned ef I don't, too!

    Hoosier Mosaics Maurice Thompson
Word Origin and History for derned

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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