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[durnd] /dɜrnd/
adjective, adverb, Informal.
Origin of durned
durn + -ed2


[durn] /dɜrn/
adjective, adverb, verb (used with object), noun, Informal.
darn2 .
respelling to reflect regional pronunciation Unabridged
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  • An' mebbe I won't be so durned lonesome when I gits back hyar.'

  • None of us can keep a man from being a durned fool if he wants to be one.

    Crooked Trails and Straight William MacLeod Raine
  • But to tell you the truth, Jethro, one old friend to another, durned if I don't wish she was married.

    Coniston, Complete Winston Churchill
  • “The durned scoundrel,” hissed Walt, through clenched teeth.

    The Lone Ranche Captain Mayne Reid
  • If he believes he can lick the Northeastern with a Hammer, he is durned badly mistaken, and I told him so.

    Mr. Crewe's Career, Complete Winston Churchill
  • durned if I know which one of 'em got it; when I left they wuz still a biddin' on it.

  • Well, he must be a durned fool of a dog to be jumping off at every 237 island he sees.

    Killykinick Mary T. Waggaman
  • And they stand on the Constertution a durned sight solider nor we do.

    Among the Pines James R. Gilmore
  • I'm so durned lonesome among these jabbering Greeks I'm nearly froze stiff.

    The Other Fellow F. Hopkinson Smith
  • And I'll be durned if 't wa' n't the mountings the gal was looking at all the time!

    Peak and Prairie Anna Fuller
British Dictionary definitions for durned


interjection, adjective, adverb, noun
a US variant of darn2
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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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