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darn2

[dahrn]Informal.
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adjective, adverb
  1. darned.
verb (used with object)
  1. to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!
Idioms
  1. give a darn. damn(def 14).

Origin of darn2

First recorded in 1775–85; see origin at darned
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British Dictionary definitions for darnest

darn1

verb
  1. to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches
noun
  1. a patch of darned work on a garment
  2. the process or act of darning
Derived Formsdarner, noundarning, noun

Word Origin

C16: probably from French (Channel Islands dialect) darner; compare Welsh, Breton darn piece

darn2

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun
  1. a euphemistic word for damn (def. 1), damn (def. 2), damn (def. 4), damn (def. 4), damn (def. 15)
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Word Origin and History for darnest

darn

v.

"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.

darn

interj.

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).

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