darned

[dahrnd] Informal.
adjective
1.
irritating; damned; confounded: Get that darned bicycle out of the driveway!
adverb
2.
very; extremely; remarkably: She's a darned good tennis player.

Origin:
1800–10; euphemism for damned, perhaps by construing dern dark, dreary (now obsolete) as an intensifier in phrases such as dern and dreary, dern and doleful

undarned, adjective
well-darned, adjective
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darn

1 [dahrn]
verb (used with object)
1.
to mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches, sometimes by crossing and interweaving rows to span a gap.
noun
2.
a darned place, as in a garment: an old sock full of darns.

Origin:
1590–1600; perhaps to be identified with Middle English dernen to keep secret, conceal, Old English (Anglian) dernan


1. See mend.

darn

2 [dahrn] Informal.
adjective, adverb
verb (used with object)
2.
to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!
Idioms
3.
give a darn. damn ( def 13 ).

Origin:
1775–85; see darned

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darn1 (dɑːn)
 
vb
1.  to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches
 
n
2.  a patch of darned work on a garment
3.  the process or act of darning
 
[C16: probably from French (Channel Islands dialect) darner; compare Welsh, Breton darn piece]
 
'darner1
 
n
 
'darning1
 
n

darn2 (dɑːn)
 
interj, —adj, —adv, —n
damn damn damn damn a euphemistic word for damn

darned (dɑːnd)
 
adv, —adj
1.  (intensifier): this darned car won't start; a darned good shot
 
adj
2.  damned another word for damned

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Word Origin & History

darn
"mend" c.1600, perhaps from M.Fr. darner "mend," from darne "piece," from Breton darn "piece, fragment, part." Alternative etymology is from obs. dern, from O.E. diernan "to hide," from dierne "secret," from W.Gmc. *darnjaz.

darn
tame curse word, 1781, Amer.Eng. euphemism for damn, said to have originated in New England when swearing was a punishable offense; if so, its spread was probably infl. by 'tarnal, short for Eternal, as in By the Eternal (God), favorite exclamation of Andrew Jackson, among
others. Related: Darndest (superl., 1844).
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Example sentences
Some of those authors are smarter than their books, but some of those books are
  darned good.
The problem with coal ash is, there is so darned much of it.
There's one thing you can say for yodeling: acoustically, it's pretty darned
  distinctive.
We stopped spewing sulfur for some darned good reasons.
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