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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-15thc.]
    • 1485, Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur, Book XI, chapter ij:
      wete yow wel that sir launcelot was glad and soo was that lady Elayne / that she had geten sir launcelot in her armes / [] / and soo they lay to gyders vntyl vndorne on the morn / and alle the wyndowes and holes of that chamber were stopped that no man ere of day myghte be sene
  2. (obsolete) The sixth hour of the day; midday. [14th-15thc.]
  3. (obsolete) The late afternoon; the evening. [15th-19thc.]