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DERK, adj. and n. Sc. (mainly s.) form of Eng. dark. See P.L.D. § 104 (2) and M.M.Sc. p. 38. [dɛrk Sc.; dærk s.Sc.]

1. adj. Given for Rxb. in Jam.2 (1825). Bwk. 1899  A. Thomson Ann. Thornlea 9:
He soon came back with the information that “the licht i' the ben room's a' derk.”
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 2:
Derk fir planteens that . . . aamaist pletteet ther brainches abuinheed.

Hence derksome, darksome. Slk. a.1835  Hogg Tales (1837) II. 315:
Mary . . . dinna you think it wad be as good for us for till sit down here in this bonny derksome bush as wait till midnight.

2. n. Sc. 1931  J. Lorimer Red Sergeant xvi.:
But I'm a' in the derk.

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