darning

[dahr-ning]

Origin:
1605–15; darn1 + -ing1

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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

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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
Fill into squab and then sew up with darning needle and stout string.
Invisible darning is appropriate for extremely expensive fabrics and items of apparel.
A darning gourd is a hollow dried gourd with a pronounced neck.
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