- irritating; damned; confounded: Get that darned bicycle out of the driveway!
- very; extremely; remarkably: She's a darned good tennis player.
Origin of darned
- 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.
Origin of darn1
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- to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!
- give a darn. damn(def 14).
Origin of darn2
Examples from the Web for darned
Actually, the scene was so darned enthusiastic that it began to look a little like a raucous Walmart employee rally.Diane Sawyer's Swan Song: 'ABC World News' Anchor's Warm (and Long) Goodbye
August 28, 2014
It can sometimes be stressful for viewers to watch Cyrus, because he always seems so darned stressed.Scandal’s Most Scandalous Character: Jeff Perry on Playing Cyrus
February 28, 2014
Instead, I will call you “darned smart and really good-looking.”My Address—and Apology—to Yale
May 24, 2009
It looks, too, as if 'the way of the transgressor' were a darned hard way.Her Father's Daughter
He whiled away so much tejum there he darned near missed his train.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
"Darned if it doesn't almost seem to say something," he admitted.
“Trust a darned outfit like that to hold you up,” he cried witheringly.The Law-Breakers
If I had known before, I would have darned the big holes too.The Very Small Person
Annie Hamilton Donnell
- (intensifier)this darned car won't start; a darned good shot
- 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
Word Origin and History for darned
"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.
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).