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Webster 1913 Edition


Darn

Darn

(därn)
,
Verb.
T.
[
imp. & p. p.
Darned
(därnd)
;
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
,
Verb.
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.
He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in
darning
his stockings.
Swift.
Darning last
.
See under
Last
.
Darning needle
.
(a)
A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings.
(b)
(Zool.)
Any species of dragon fly, having a long, cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are harmless and without stings.
[In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.]
Called also
devil’s darning-needle
.

Darn

,
Noun.
A place mended by darning.

Darn

,
Verb.
T.
A colloquial euphemism for
Damn
.

Webster 1828 Edition


Darn

D'ARN

,
Verb.
T.
To mend a rent or hole, by imitating the texture of the cloth or stuff with yarn or thread and a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread. It is used particularly of stockings.

D'ARN

,
Noun.
A place mended by darning.

Definition 2021


darn

darn

See also: darń

English

Adjective

darn (not comparable)

  1. (euphemistic) Damn.
Synonyms
  • See also Wikisaurus:damned
Derived terms
Translations

Adverb

darn (not comparable)

  1. (degree, euphemistic) Damned.

Interjection

darn

  1. (euphemistic) Damn.
Synonyms
  • See also dammit
Derived terms
Translations

Verb

darn (third-person singular simple present darns, present participle darning, simple past and past participle darned)

  1. (transitive) Euphemism of damn.
Synonyms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English dernen (to keep secret, hide, conceal (a hole)), from Old English diernan (to hide, conceal), from dyrne, dierne (secret), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaz (secret). More at dern.

Verb

Darning.

darn (third-person singular simple present darns, present participle darning, simple past and past participle darned)

  1. (transitive, sewing) To repair by stitching with thread or yarn, particularly by using a needle to construct a weave across a damaged area of fabric.
    I need to darn these socks again.
    • Jonathan Swift
      He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning his stockings.
Related terms
Translations

Noun

darn (plural darns)

  1. A place mended by darning.

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