Crossword clues for darn
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Darn \Darn\, n. A place mended by darning.
Darn \Darn\, v. t. A colloquial euphemism for Damn.
Darn \Darn\ (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Darned (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. Darning.] [OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear. Cf. Tear, v. t.] To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread. He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning his stockings. --Swift. Darning last. See under Last. Darning needle.
A long, strong needle for mending holes or rents, especially in stockings.
(Zo["o]l.) Any species of dragon fly, having a long, cylindrical body, resembling a needle. These flies are harmless and without stings.
Note: [In this sense, usually written with a hyphen.] Called also devil's darning-needle.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"to mend" c.1600, perhaps from Middle French darner "mend," from darne "piece," from Breton darn "piece, fragment, part." Alternative etymology is from obsolete dern (see dern). Related: Darned; darning.
tame curse word, 1781, American English euphemism for damn, said to have originated in New England when swearing was a punishable offense; if so, its spread was probably influenced by 'tarnal, short for Eternal, as in By the Eternal (God), favorite exclamation of Andrew Jackson, among others (see tarnation). Related: darned (past participle adjective, 1806); darndest (superlative, 1844).
(context euphemistic English) damn. adv. (context degree euphemistic English) damned. interj. (context euphemistic English) damn. v
(context transitive English) Euphemism of damn. Etymology 2
n. A place mended by darning. vb. (context transitive sewing English) To repair by stitching with thread or yarn, particularly by using a needle to construct a weave across a damaged area of fabri
n. a euphemism for `damn'
v. repair by sewing; "darn socks"
Darn may refer to:
- Darning, a sewing technique
- Darn, a minced oath used in lieu of damn
- Darn, a unit of measurement, equal to 2.587 feet (US).
Usage examples of "darn".
He must have been an elderly boffin of great courtesy and patience to tolerate darn fool questions at this hour of the night.
But, by way of recreation, after the supper dishes had been washed up, Gertie darned socks, mended shirts, patched trousers for the men folk or sewed on some garment for herself.
You thought yourself a darned sight better than me, because you could play the piano and speak French.
You even tried to shoot me and I only made you look like a darned fool.
Buttonhole edging with darned centre, centre filled with strands of wool caught down at intervals with double back stitch.
The shamrock leaf has a darned contour of double threads, the filling was in stem stitch, solid, with bars of a darker colour worked across it.
The two small petals filled solid with stem stitch, three rows of which are used for outlining the long petal, the centre being filled with rings in buttonhole stitch and darned background.
Destiny read some kind of warning there, but darned if she could figure out what it meant.
He was darned lucky to have the support of his parents and Sylvia, people he could trust with Kayla.
This whole mess harked back to his stupid slip--calling her Lanni as the darned alarm jolted him awake.
When the price rose to fifteen thousand, Minty literally clung onto his hands and told him not to be a darned fool.
When I saw you standing there waving, I thought the whole darned works were all fouled up.
Was Anne Darner a clairvoyant, that she could predict a string of successes for his lordship?
I have wondered about the goings-on in that place ever since Anne Darner inherited it.
Anne Darner surpassed expectations as Hippolita, while Lady Louisa was utterly splendid as Isabella.