darned

[ dahrnd ]
/ dɑrnd /
Informal.

adjective

irritating; damned; confounded: Get that darned bicycle out of the driveway!

adverb

very; extremely; remarkably: She's a darned good tennis player.

Origin of darned

1800–10; euphemism for damned, perhaps by construing dern dark, dreary (now obsolete) as an intensifier in phrases such as dern and dreary, dern and doleful

Related forms

un·darned, adjectivewell-darned, adjective

Definition for darned (2 of 3)

darn

1
[ dahrn ]
/ dɑrn /

verb (used with object)

to mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches, sometimes by crossing and interweaving rows to span a gap.

noun

a darned place, as in a garment: an old sock full of darns.

Origin of darn

1
1590–1600; perhaps to be identified with Middle English dernen to keep secret, conceal, Old English (Anglian) dernan

Definition for darned (3 of 3)

darn

2
[ dahrn ]
/ dɑrn /
Informal.

adjective, adverb


verb (used with object)

to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!

Origin of darn

2
First recorded in 1775–85; see origin at darned
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British Dictionary definitions for darned (1 of 3)

darned

/ (dɑːnd) /

adverb, adjective slang

(intensifier)this darned car won't start; a darned good shot

adjective

British Dictionary definitions for darned (2 of 3)

darn

1
/ (dɑːn) /

verb

to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches

noun

a patch of darned work on a garment
the process or act of darning

Derived Forms

darner, noundarning, noun

Word Origin for darn

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

British Dictionary definitions for darned (3 of 3)

darn

2
/ (dɑːn) /

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun


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