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darning

[dahr-ning] /ˈdɑr nɪŋ/
noun
1.
the act of a person or thing that darns.
2.
the result produced.
3.
articles darned or to be darned.
Origin of darning
1605-1615
First recorded in 1605-15; darn1 + -ing1

darn1

[dahrn] /dɑrn/
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
Synonyms
1. See mend.

darn2

[dahrn] /dɑrn/ Informal.
adjective, adverb
1.
verb (used with object)
2.
to curse; damn:
Darn that pesky fly!
Idioms
3.
give a darn. damn (def 14).
Origin
First recorded in 1775-85; See origin at darned
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  • Aunt has found out the slit, and poor I will be set to the darning to-morrow.

    The Fairchild Family Mary Martha Sherwood
  • He is at his darning; ay, with real wool and a real needle he is darning his socks.

  • Betty, why do you sit up at this hour of the night darning your stockings?

    The New Pun Book

    Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
  • Jim's mother looked thoughtfully at the sock she was darning.

    Still Jim Honor Willsie Morrow
  • We shan't have to do any darning, but just embroidery in our cells and wax flowers.

    Eyebright Susan Coolidge
  • Wendy's favourite time for sewing and darning was after they had all gone to bed.

    Peter and Wendy James Matthew Barrie
  • Then her mother looked up from the stockings she was darning.

    A Little Girl in Old New York Amanda Millie Douglas
  • Iris propped the book up against her basket and went on darning.

    A Pair of Clogs Amy Walton
British Dictionary definitions for darning

darn1

/dɑːn/
verb
1.
to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches
noun
2.
a patch of darned work on a garment
3.
the process or act of darning
Derived Forms
darner, noun
darning, noun
Word Origin
C16: probably from French (Channel Islands dialect) darner; compare Welsh, Breton darn piece

darn2

/dɑːn/
interjection, adjective, adverb, noun
1.
a euphemistic word for damn (sense 1), damn (sense 2), damn (sense 4), damn (sense 4), damn (sense 15)
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Word Origin and History for darning

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).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for darning

darn

adjective

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

adverb

: She was darn excited

interjection

(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]

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