verb (1)
\ˈdärn \

Definition of darn 

(Entry 1 of 5)

transitive verb

1 : to mend with interlacing stitches

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


noun (1)

Definition of darn (Entry 2 of 5)

: a place that has been darned a sweater full of darns

\ˈdärn \
variants: or less commonly \ˈdərn \

Definition of darn (Entry 3 of 5)

: damned


verb (2)
variants: or less commonly durn

Definition of darn (Entry 4 of 5)

: damn


noun (2)
variants: or less commonly durn

Definition of darn (Entry 5 of 5)

: damn

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Other Words from darn

Verb (1)

darner noun

Verb (2)

darned \ˈdärn(d) \ or less commonly durned \ˈdərn(d) \ adjective or adverb

Synonyms for darn

Synonyms: Adjective or adverb

accursed (or accurst), blasted, confounded, cotton-picking, cursed (also curst), cussed, damnable, dang, danged, darned (also durned), doggone (or doggoned), infernal

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First Known Use of darn

Verb (1)

circa 1600, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun (1)

1720, in the meaning defined above

Adjective or adverb

1781, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1781, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1840, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for darn

Verb (1)

perhaps from French dialect darner

Adjective or adverb


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The first known use of darn was circa 1600

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More Definitions for darn


\ˈdärn \
darned; darning

Kids Definition of darn

 (Entry 1 of 3)

: to mend by sewing

Kids Definition of darn (Entry 2 of 3)

used to express anger or annoyance


variants: or darned \ˈdärnd \

Kids Definition of darn (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : very bad That darned dog!

2 used to make a statement more forceful a darn good meal

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to reject or criticize sharply

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