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From Old English dyrnan(to hide). See dern, dearn(adjective).


derne ‎(third-person singular simple present dernes, present participle derning, simple past and past participle derned)

  1. (Scotland) To hide; to skulk.
    • Hugh Miller
      He at length escaped them by derning himself in a fox-earth.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.