- to mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches, sometimes by crossing and interweaving rows to span a gap.
- a darned place, as in a garment: an old sock full of darns.
Origin of darn1
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- to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!
- give a darn. damn(def 14).
Origin of darn2
Examples from the Web for darn
But, darn it, here was a game of courage, passion, and skill.Up To a Point: Oops, I Enjoyed Soccer
P. J. O’Rourke
July 13, 2014
If elected, his first goal for immigration would be to “build that darn fence.”The Banker Sneaking Up on the Republicans Running for Senate in Nebraska
May 9, 2014
It is just still way too darn early for Kentuckians to care about an election just less than a year away.Alison Grimes Will Have to Step It Up to Beat Mitch McConnell
November 30, 2013
For the dad, the film reinforced the notion that people need not really care a darn about most others.87 Gun Deaths a Day: Why the Colorado Shooting is Tragically Unsurprising
July 24, 2012
This commercial is darn creative—and raises some interesting questions about human flexibility.16 Banned Super Bowl Ads
The Daily Beast Video
February 3, 2012
"Ah, don't you try to seem too darn' innocent," Roland snarled.The Fortune Hunter
Louis Joseph Vance
Well,” said Richards, with a mouthful of it, “I call it darn good.The Long Labrador Trail
"Darn it all, I like to be friendly with my friends," he bluntly persisted.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
“You can put up your darn gun, inspector,” came the startling response.The Law-Breakers
If she wanted so darn much to keep him why didn't she take him then?The Innocent Adventuress
Mary Hastings Bradley
- to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches
- a patch of darned work on a garment
- the process or act of darning
Word Origin and History for darn
"to mend" c.1600, perhaps from Middle French darner "mend," from darne "piece," from Breton darn "piece, fragment, part." Alternative etymology is from obsolete dern (see dern). Related: Darned; darning.
tame curse word, 1781, American English euphemism for damn, said to have originated in New England when swearing was a punishable offense; if so, its spread was probably influenced by 'tarnal, short for Eternal, as in By the Eternal (God), favorite exclamation of Andrew Jackson, among others. Related: darned (past participle adjective, 1806); darndest (superlative, 1844).