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Old English undern. Cognate with dialectal Dutch onder, dialectal German Untern, dialectal Swedish undarn.


undern (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The third ecclesiastical hour of the day, at around nine o'clock in the morning; tierce. [10th-15th c.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XI:
      And so they lay togydir untyll underne of the morne; and all the wyndowys and holys of that chambir were stopped, that no maner of day myght be seyne.
  2. (obsolete) The sixth hour of the day; midday. [14th-15th c.]
  3. (obsolete) The late afternoon; the evening. [15th-19th c.]