darning needle


: a long needle with a large eye for use in darning

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Don't forget: Using a darning needle, weave the tail end of the yarn in and out of the stitches. Mariah Thomas, Good Housekeeping, 11 Nov. 2022 After all, some of the first subcutaneous drug delivery options involved shoving a pellet of medication under the skin with a darning needle. Leslie Nemo, Scientific American, 8 Jan. 2021 Howard Hughes Medical Institute Dragonflies have colorful common names, such as devil’s darning needle, horse stinger, eye-snatcher, and snake doctor. National Geographic, 28 Apr. 2020

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Word History

First Known Use

1742, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of darning needle was in 1742

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“Darning needle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/darning%20needle. Accessed 28 Mar. 2023.

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darning needle

: a long needle with a large eye for use in darning

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