darner

[dahr-ner]

noun

a person or thing that darns.
any of numerous odonate insects of the family Aeshnidae, comprising the largest dragonflies.

Origin of darner

First recorded in 1605–15; darn1 + -er1

darn

2
[dahrn]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 darner

darn

1

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 Formsdarner, noundarning, noun

Word Origin for darn

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

darn

2

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun

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Word Origin and History for darner

darn

v.

"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.

darn

interj.

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).

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