darning egg

  1. a smooth, egg-shaped piece of wood, ivory, marble, jade, or the like, for holding under a hole or tear to serve as a backing while darning.

Origin of darning egg

First recorded in 1895–1900

Words Nearby darning egg

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How to use darning egg in a sentence

  • A smooth well-shaped gourd (mock-orange) makes a serviceable darning egg.

  • Her mother moved her chair to follow it and dropped her darning egg, which the girl handed to her.

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  • Miss Hill drew a stocking from the heap and ran her darning-egg into the heel to locate a hole.

British Dictionary definitions for darning egg

darning egg

  1. a rounded piece of wood or plastic used in darning to support the fabric around the hole

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