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[durn] /dɜrn/
adjective, adverb, verb (used with object), noun, Informal.
darn2 .
Origin of durn
respelling to reflect regional pronunciation Unabridged
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  • 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
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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]


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The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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