darn

1
[ dahrn ]
/ dɑrn /
See synonyms for: darn / darned / darner / darnest on Thesaurus.com

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.

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Origin of darn

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

synonym study for darn

1. See mend.

Definition for darn (2 of 2)

darn2
[ 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 darn (1 of 2)

darn1
/ (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 of darn

darner, noundarning, noun

Word Origin for darn

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

British Dictionary definitions for darn (2 of 2)

darn2
/ (dɑːn) /

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun

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