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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.]