- a person or thing that darns.
- any of numerous odonate insects of the family Aeshnidae, comprising the largest dragonflies.
Origin of darner
- to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!
- give a darn. damn(def 14).
Origin of darn2
Examples from the Web for darner
"No, they don't," rejoined Mr. Darner, in a half-confidential way.
The darner must decide for herself which method for holding the work she will use.The Art of Modern Lace Making
The Butterick Publishing Co.
"We are sure you meant things for the best, Mr. Darner," said Jerry's mother.The Circus Comes to Town
"He 's from Ireland, Mr. Darner," whispered the porter, with a half-kindly impulse to make an apology for such ignorance.
Those who have written of Mrs. Darner's art have taken extreme views.Women in the fine arts, from the Seventh Century B.C. to the Twentieth Century A.D.
Clara Erskine Clement
- 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 darner
"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).