verb (used without object)

to move swiftly; spring or start suddenly and run swiftly: A mouse darted out of the closet and ran across the room.

verb (used with object)

to thrust or move suddenly or rapidly: He darted his eyes around the room.

Origin of dart

1275–1325; Middle English < Anglo-French, Old French < Old Low Franconian; compare Old English daroth, Old High German tart, Old Norse darrathr spear, lance
Related formsdart·ing·ly, adverbdart·ing·ness, noun

Synonyms for dart

1. arrow, barb. 6. dash, bolt, shoot.
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Examples from the Web for darted

Contemporary Examples of darted

  • As cameras rolled, Conroy darted out the front door of the home with a jacket over her head and raced to a waiting car.

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    Casey's Roommate Tells All

    Diane Dimond

    June 22, 2011

  • Unable to refuse the mother of a “privileged” client, Grasty darted out of bed immediately and took control of the situation.

  • When Donny refused, Johnny darted for the knife rack in the kitchen.

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    The Last of the Wasps

    Tad Friend

    September 27, 2009

Historical Examples of darted

  • They darted from Garson to the other three men, and back again in rebuke.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • The little squirrel had squeaked his gladness, and, tail erect, had darted into the grass.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Kitty was with them, and she darted towards me, but Mrs. Van Dam was before her.

  • An instant later Chak darted into the tent and fell to the ground.

    The Leopard Woman

    Stewart Edward White

  • Biddy darted off to an adjoining room, leaving me alone with my employer.

    It Happened in Egypt

    C. N. Williamson

British Dictionary definitions for darted




a small narrow pointed missile that is thrown or shot, as in the game of darts
a sudden quick movement
zoology a slender pointed structure, as in snails for aiding copulation or in nematodes for penetrating the host's tissues
a tapered tuck made in dressmaking


to move or throw swiftly and suddenly; shootshe darted across the room
See also darts
Derived Formsdarting, adjectivedartingly, adverb

Word Origin for dart

C14: from Old French, of Germanic origin; related to Old English daroth spear, Old High German tart dart




any of various tropical and semitropical marine fish

Word Origin for dart

from Middle English darce, from Late Latin dardus, dart, javelin
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Word Origin and History for darted



late 14c., "to pierce with a dart," from dart (n.). Meaning "to move like a dart" is attested from 1610s. Related: Darted; darter; darting.



early 14c., from Old French dart "throwing spear, arrow," from Proto-Germanic *darothuz cf. Old English daroð, Old High German tart, Old Norse darraþr "dart"). Italian and Spanish dardo are said to be from Germanic by way of Old Provençal.

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