well darned


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

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

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Word Origin & History

"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.

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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