verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. darling, jay norwood,
  2. darlingly,
  3. darlington,
  4. darmstadt,
  5. darmstadtium,
  6. darnation,
  7. darned,
  8. darnedest,
  9. darnel,
  10. darner

Origin of darn

1590–1600; perhaps to be identified with Middle English dernen to keep secret, conceal, Old English (Anglian) dernan



adjective, adverb

verb (used with object)

to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!

Origin of darn

First recorded in 1775–85; see origin at darned

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British Dictionary definitions for darn




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
Derived Formsdarner, noundarning, noun

Word Origin for darn

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

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun

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