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.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. darnation,
  2. darned,
  3. darnedest,
  4. darnel,
  5. darner,
  6. darning egg,
  7. darning needle,
  8. darnley,
  9. darnley, henry stuart, lord,
  10. darogha

Origin of darning

First recorded in 1605–15; darn1 + -ing1

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.

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

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

darn

2
/ (dɑːn) /

interjection, adjective, adverb, noun

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