Darn Darn (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Darned} (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Darning}.] [OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear. Cf. {Tear}, v. t.] To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread. [1913 Webster]

He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning his stockings. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

{Darning last}. See under {Last}.

{Darning needle}. (a) A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings. (b) (Zo["o]l.) Any species of dragon fly, having a long, cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are harmless and without stings.

Note: [In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.] Called also {devil's darning-needle}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • darned — [da:nd US da:rnd] adj spoken informal 1.) I ll be darned! used when you are surprised about something ▪ Did they really? I ll be darned! 2.) I ll be darned if ... used to emphasize that you will not allow something to happen 3.) darned if I know… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • darned — adj. an intensifying expletive; a eupehmism for {damned}; as, for no darned reason at all. Syn: blasted, blessed, damn, damned, deuced, goddam, goddamn, goddamned, gosh darned. [WordNet 1.5] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • darned — darned; darned·est; …   English syllables

  • darned — /dahrnd/, Informal. adj. 1. irritating; damned; confounded: Get that darned bicycle out of the driveway! adv. 2. very; extremely; remarkably: She s a darned good tennis player. [1800 10; euphemism for DAMNED, perh. by construing dern dark, dreary …   Universalium

  • darned — /dand/ (say dahnd) Colloquial –adjective 1. detestable; extreme: it s a darned nuisance. –adverb 2. (an intensifier): it s darned inconvenient …   Australian English dictionary

  • darned — 1. verb See and 2. adjective A minced oath for damned <!Is this strictly a euphemism? 3. adverb Damned, extremely That was darned nice of him, wasnt it? …   Wiktionary

  • darned — adj Emphatic adjective (euphemism for damned). Why are you so darned quiet? 1780s …   Historical dictionary of American slang

  • darned — nd adj. damned, cursed; irritating, annoying; to hell with it!, damn! dɑːn n. spot which has been darned, patch v. mend, stitch up torn or worn clothing; curse, damn adj. damn, cursed adv. extremely, very, highly …   English contemporary dictionary

  • darned — adjective or adverb see darn IV …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • darned — (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Mended with thread] Syn. patched, knitted up, stitched; see repaired , sewn . 2. [* Variant of damned ] Syn. awful, undeSirable, confounded*; see damned 2 , offensive 2 …   English dictionary for students

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”