I'll be darned

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of I'll be darned

chiefly US, informal
used to show that one is very surprised about something
  • Well I'll be darned! You actually showed up!
often + if
  • I offered to help, but I'll be darned if she didn't do the whole thing herself.
sometimes shortened to darned if
  • I told them they wouldn't enjoy the trip but darned if they didn't come anyway.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. : the 9th letter of the English alphabet

  2. : a graphic representation of this letter

  3. : a speech counterpart of orthographic i

  1. imaginary unit

  1. : the one who is speaking or writing — compare me, mine, my, we

  1. : someone aware of possessing a personal individuality : self

  1. iodine

  1. used as a connective vowel to join word elements especially of Latin origin

darn play darned
  1. : to mend with interlacing stitches

  2. : to embroider by filling in with long running or interlacing stitches

  3. : to do darning

  1. : a place that has been darned

  1. : damned

  1. : damn

  1. : damn


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