Try Our Apps


Supposedly vs. Supposably


[durn] /dɜrn/
adjective, adverb, verb (used with object), noun, Informal.
darn2 .
Origin of durn
respelling to reflect regional pronunciation Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for durn
Historical Examples
  • I'll bet a fippennybit that's another of Charley's durn lies.

    Watch Yourself Go By Al. G. Field
  • First off, I act like a durn fool, and she has to step in to save me.

    Brand Blotters William MacLeod Raine
  • But, Sarge, he urged desperately, Im no durn good here foolin around with drill an relief an diggin an all that.

  • Ever sence you played that durn trick on me and him, he's ben someways diffurnt.

    A Pessimist Robert Timsol
  • Jermyn thought it was kind of funny to start right off on an ocean trip at a moment's notice and show Nina he didn't care a durn.

  • Nobody's ever cared a durn for me, nobody but one, and I broke my word to him.

    Thankful's Inheritance Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Blaze away into the bushes, durn yer, for thar is game thar ter kill!

    Buffalo Bill's Spy Trailer Colonel Prentiss Ingraham
  • "Or durn fool for Jack Roberts," countered Ellison promptly.

    Oh, You Tex! William Macleod Raine
  • And he wouldn't talk politics at all; didn't seem to give a durn about 'em, one way or t'other.

    Cy Whittaker's Place Joseph C. Lincoln
  • He's durn sure to believe it when I tell 'im 'bout this heah!

    Sunlight Patch Credo Fitch Harris
British Dictionary definitions for durn


interjection, adjective, adverb, noun
a US variant of darn2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for durn



(also darned or darnfoolor derned or durned) Wretched; nasty; silly: sentimental songs, darnfool ditties, revival hymns


: She was darn excited


(also darn it or dern it or durn it) An exclamation of disappointment, irritation, frustration, etc: Darn, I've dropped my glockenspiel!

[1780s+; euphemism for damn, which is regarded by some as taboo; probably based on earlier darnation, ''damnation,'' attested by 1798]


Related Terms


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for durn

Few English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for durn

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for durn