Origin of darning
- 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
- to curse; damn: Darn that pesky fly!
- give a darn. damn(def 14).
Origin of darn2
Examples from the Web for darning
I saw Mitt Romney darning his socks in the night when there's nobody there, what does he care?I Dreamed I Saw Mitt Romney Last Night, Alive as You and Me
December 12, 2012
Around it are Michael Myers, darning his mask in preparation for the forthcoming Halloween 2.Who Killed the Horror Film?
March 13, 2009
Aunt has found out the slit, and poor I will be set to the darning to-morrow.The Fairchild Family
Mary Martha Sherwood
He is at his darning; ay, with real wool and a real needle he is darning his socks.
Betty, why do you sit up at this hour of the night darning your stockings?The New Pun Book
Thomas A. Brown and Thomas Joseph Carey
Jim's mother looked thoughtfully at the sock she was darning.Still Jim
Honor Willsie Morrow
We shan't have to do any darning, but just embroidery in our cells and wax flowers.Eyebright
- 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 darning
"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).