darning

[ dahr-ning ]
/ ˈdɑr nɪŋ /
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noun

the act of a person or thing that darns.
the result produced.
articles darned or to be darned.

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Origin of darning

First recorded in 1605–15; darn1 + -ing1

Definition for darning (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
SYNONYMS FOR darn
1 See mend.

Definition for darning (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 darning (1 of 2)

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 Formsdarner, noundarning, noun

Word Origin for darn

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

British Dictionary definitions for darning (2 of 2)

darn

2
/ (dɑːn) /

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun


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