- Darn is defined as a way to show disappointment or dismay, as a more proper version of the word "damn."
When you slam your finger with a hammer but you do not want to shout a swear word, this is an example of a time when you would shout "darn!"
- To darn is defined as to fix a hole in cloth by weaving a patch across the hole.
When you use thread to weave a patch a hole in a sock, this is an example of a time when you darn the sock.
A woman darns a sock.Licensed from iStockPhoto
Origin: ; from Middle French dialect, dialectal darner, to piece together, mend ; from Breton darn, a piece ; from Indo-European base an unverified form der-, to pull off, split apart from source tear
- darner noun
- darned adjective, adverb
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verb darned darned, darn·ing, darns verb, transitive
Origin: French dialectal darner, perhaps from Norman French darne, piece, from Breton darn.
Origin: Alteration of damn.