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darning

noun

verb

Etymology summary

probably from French (Channel Islands dialect) darner; compare Welsh, Breton...
(Source: Collins Dictionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Darning | darning stitch

a sewing technique for repairing holes or worn areas in fabric or knitting using needle and thread alone. It's often done by hand, but it's also possible to darn with a sewing machine. Hand darning employs the darning stitch, a simple running stitch in... (44 of 1174 words, 4 images)

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Darn [disambiguation]

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). (26 of 76 words, 3 definitions)

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Wiktionary:

darn | darns [plural] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | damned [synonym, sense-specific] | See also dammit [synonym, sense-specific] | dang [synonym, sense-specific] | damn [synonym, sense-specific] | Damn [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[euphemism] Damn. | [degree, euphemism] Damned. | [euphemism] Damn. | [transitive] Euphemism of damn. | [transitive, sewing] To repair by stitching with thread or yarn, particularly by using a needle to construct a weave across a damaged area of fabric... (36 of 53 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation, 1 image)

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Collins Dictionary:

darning | darn | darner [noun, derived]

[sewing] the process or act of darning | to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches | a patch of darned work on a ... (29 of 459 words, 4 definitions, 7 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/darning

darn | durn [United States, entry-specific] | damn (sense 1), damn (sense 2), damn (sense 4), damn (sense 4), damn [euphemism, sense-specific] | darner [noun, derived]

to mend (a hole or a garment) with a series of crossing or interwoven stitches | a patch of darned work on a garment | the process or act of darning | ... (29 of 518 words, 4 definitions, 9 usage examples, pronunciation)

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American Heritage Dictionary:

darn | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present] | durn

To mend (a garment, for example) by weaving thread or yarn across a gap or hole. | To repair a hole, as in a garment, by weaving thread or yarn across ... (30 of 94 words, 6 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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Oxford Dictionary:

darning

the skill or activity of darning | articles being darned or needing to be darned (14 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 3 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/darning

damn | I'll be | care | I'm | be damned | as near as damn it | ---- be damned | damn all | damn someone/thing with faint praise | ...

| "be damned" : (in Christian belief) be condemned by God to suffer eternal punishment in hell | be doomed to misfortune or failure | criticize ... (23 of 281 words, 17 definitions, 15 usage examples, pronunciation)

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darn [entry 1]

mend (a hole in knitted material) by interweaving yarn with a needle | embroider (material) with a large running stitch. | a place in a garment that ... (25 of 101 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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darn [entry 2] | durn

Syllabification: (darn) | [informal, North American] | euphemism for "damn". (8 of 55 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Macmillan British Dictionary:

darning [uncountable]

the activity of repairing a piece of clothing by sewing stitches across the hole, or clothing that is being repaired in this way (23 of 47 words, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/darning

darn [informal, adjective] | darned

used for emphasizing what you are saying, especially when you are annoyed about something (14 of 56 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

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darn [informal, interjection] | darn it/you/him etc

used when you are annoyed about something | "darn it/you/him etc": [United States, informal] used when you are annoyed about something (20 of 51 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

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darn [intransitive/transitive] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present]

to repair a piece of clothing by sewing stitches across the hole (12 of 41 words, pronunciation)

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darn [countable, noun] | darns [plural]

a repair to a piece of clothing, done by sewing stitches across the hole (14 of 39 words, pronunciation)

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Random House Dictionary:

darning

the act of a person or thing that darns. | the result produced. | articles darned or to be darned. (18 of 26 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/darning

darn | give a darn [sense-specific] | give a darn: damn [definition 11, sense-specific] | a darned place, as in a garment [definition 11, sense-specific] | darned [definition 11, sense-specific]

to mend, as torn clothing, with rows of stitches, sometimes by crossing and interweaving rows to span a gap. | a darned place, as in a garment | ... (26 of 62 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

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Cambridge Dictionary:

darning

things that need to be darned (6 of 18 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/darning

darn [entry 1]

to repair a hole or a piece of clothing with long stitches across the hole and other stitches woven across them (21 of 36 words, 1 usage example, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/darn 1

darn [entry 2, informal] | darned

used instead of damn to express anger (7 of 40 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/darn 2

New World Dictionary:

darning

a mending with interlaced stitches | things to be darned (9 of 11 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/darning

darn | durn [dialect] | darner [noun, related] | darned [adjective, adverb, related]

to mend (cloth) or repair (a hole or tear in cloth) by sewing a network of stitches across the gap | a darned place in fabric | [informal] "damn" (the ... (28 of 72 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Merriam-Webster:

damn [entry 1, verb] | damned [past tense] | damning [present participle] | dang [verb, sense-specific] | darn [verb, damn] | durn [verb, damn] | doggone [verb, damn] | doggoned [verb, damn, past tense] | doggoning [verb, damn, present participle] | ...

to condemn to a punishment or fate ; especially, to condemn to hell | to condemn vigorously and often irascibly for some real or fancied fault or ... (26 of 311 words, 5 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/damn

damned [entry 1, adjective] | damneder [comparative] | damnedest [superlative] | damndest [superlative] | dang [adjective, adverb, damned] | darn [adjective, adverb, damned] | durn [adjective, adverb, damned] | doggone [adjective, adverb, damned] | doggoned [adjective, adverb, damned] | ...

"damnable" | "complete", "utter" [often used as an intensive] | "extraordinary" [used in the superlative] (13 of 143 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/damned

darn [entry 1, verb] | durn [darn] | darner [noun, related]

to mend with interlacing stitches | to embroider by filling in with long running or interlacing stitches | to do darning (19 of 44 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/darn

darn [entry 2, noun]

a place that has been darned (6 of 22 words, 1 usage example)

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Encarta Dictionary:

darning

the work of repairing holes in clothing or fabric with long interwoven stitches | clothing or fabric that needs to be darned (21 of 39 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602638​/definition​.html  [offline]

darn [entry 1] | darns [plural] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle]

to mend a hole in a piece of clothing or fabric using long interwoven stitches to fill the gap | a repair to a piece of clothing or fabric using long ... (30 of 85 words, 2 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602634​/definition​.html  [offline]

darn [entry 2] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present]

used instead of a swearword to express irritation, displeasure, or surprise | used instead of a swearword to give emphasis or to indicate irritation ... (23 of 93 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)

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Etymology references

Collins Dictionary:

darning | darn

First use: 16th century

Origin: probably from French (Channel Islands dialect) darner; compare Welsh, Breton darn piece

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/darning

Wiktionary:

darn | darns [plural] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle]

Origin: Alteration of damn | Middle English dernen ("to keep secret, hide, conceal (a hole)"), from Old English diernan ("to hide, conceal"), from dierne ("secret"), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaz ("secret"). More at dern.

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New World Dictionary:

darn

Origin: Middle French dialect darner, to piece together, mend from Breton darn, a piece from Indo-European base *der-, to pull off, split apart derives "tear"

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American Heritage Dictionary:

darn | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: French dialectal darner, perhaps from Norman French darne, piece, from Breton darn. | Alteration of "damn".

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Oxford Dictionary:

darn [entry 1]

First use: early 17th century

Origin: perhaps from dialect dern "to hide", which is from Old English diernan, of West Germanic origin; compare with Middle Dutch dernen ... (24 of 29 etymology words)

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Merriam-Webster:

darn [entry 1, verb]

First use: about 1600

Origin: perhaps from French dialect darner

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/darn

darn [entry 3, adjective, adverb] | durn

First use: 1781

Origin: euphemism

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Encarta Dictionary:

darn [entry 1] | darns [plural] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle]

First use: Early 17th century

Origin: Probably from French dialect darner "mend" from darne "piece"

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602634​/definition​.html  [offline]

darn [entry 2] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present]

First use: Late 18th century

Origin: Alteration of damn

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861602633​/definition​.html  [offline]

Audio references

Macmillan British Dictionary:

darning [uncountable]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "darning"

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darn [informal, adjective]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "darn"

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darn [informal, interjection]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "darn"

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darn [intransitive/transitive] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "darn"

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darn [countable, noun] | darns [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "darn"

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Macmillan American Dictionary:

darning [uncountable]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "darning"

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darn [informal, adjective]

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darn [informal]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "darn"

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darn [intransitive/transitive, verb] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle] | darns [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "darn"

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darn [countable, noun] | darns [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "darn"

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Cambridge Dictionary:

darning

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "darning"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "darning"

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darn [entry 2, informal]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "darn"

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the Free Dictionary:

darning

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "darning"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "darning"

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darn

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "darn"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "darn"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "darn" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

darning

Audio: English pronunciation of "darning"

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darn | darns [plural] | darned [past tense] | darning [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "darn"

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YourDictionary Audio:

darning

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darn

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Collins Dictionary:

darn

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "darn"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

darn

Audio: North American pronunciation of "darn"

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