- a long needle with a long eye used in darning.
- Chiefly Northern and Western U.S. a dragonfly.
Origin of darning needle
First recorded in 1755–65
Regional variation note
2. See dragonfly.
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Examples from the Web for darning needle
Darning-needle, dragon-fly (Libellulidæ), 156;his dainty morsel, 160.My Studio Neighbors
William Hamilton Gibson
And she laughed to herself; you can never see when a Darning-needle is laughing.The Yellow Fairy Book
Leonora Blanche Alleyne Lang
The four outside curves are perforated with a darning-needle.
You have come four miles through the woods to borrow a darning-needle?
Her day's work ended when she could no longer see her darning-needle.We Can't Have Everything
- a long needle with a large eye used for darning
- US and Canadian a dialect name for a dragonfly
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