Main meanings of darn in English

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verb

[with object]
  • 1Mend (a hole in knitted material) by interweaving yarn with a needle.

    ‘I don't expect you to darn my socks’
    • ‘Detached from our heads, hair can be used to mend garments, to darn holes in stockings.’
    • ‘Often she works till 10 pm, and then returns home to darn holes in clothing for her extended family.’
    • ‘In a small tin in the bottom of the pillowcase she finds needles and cotton and between sips of her tea and another pipe, she darns the holes in the hessian bag with those same deliberate tiny stitches.’
    • ‘Aiming for the best possible results, I took an ultra-casual approach, snatching up ingredients at random while drinking a glass of wine, reading a newspaper and darning a hole in my daughter's socks.’
    • ‘Many of the gypsies ignored her, sitting outside their tents, preparing a meal or darning a sock or mending a hem.’
    • ‘At first I gave it some rudimentary household chores, such as changing gramophone needles and darning stockings.’
    • ‘We microwave our dinners, movies come out on DVD mere weeks after they're released, and instead of darning a sock with a hole in it, folks simply buy a new pair.’
    • ‘However, Gates will not be darning his own socks just yet; his personal wealth fell from £53 to £37.5 billion, according to the Sunday Times.’
    • ‘‘You darn a sock, dear,’ she said slowly and clearly, making sure he understood.’
    • ‘Over the last few days Laoise had been in the camp she had made friends with many of the men, using her spare time to darn their socks and make them meals.’
    • ‘She's in her usual place at the other end of the table darning socks.’
    • ‘She darned socks each Sunday for the Uncle as it was, receiving them by mail.’
    • ‘Most people would rather darn socks than clean their home.’
    • ‘However, he has revealed that he darns his own socks as part of a superstition that he must sport the same pair all season.’
    • ‘It would be easier to imagine Maria Callas darning socks.’
    • ‘Nowadays, however, marriage afflicts everyone rather later in life, women aren't desperate to wed for economic security, and no one knows how to darn a sock.’
    • ‘I still darn my own socks, having learnt how to when I was young.’
    • ‘While Linda is in the kitchen darning stockings, he moves to the edge of the stage.’
    • ‘Hardly any clothes were inside, except for two darned white shirts, one pair of brown pants, and two finely tailored suits, one gray, the other brown.’
    • ‘Socks are so cheap that it would be lunacy to spend time darning them and plastic is so cheap it is almost free.’
    mend, repair, reinforce
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    1. 1.1Embroider (material) with a large running stitch.

noun

  • A place in a garment that has been darned.

    ‘a sweater with darns in the elbows’
    • ‘Near evening in the cool blue mountains, I would sit and smoke my pipe, surveying the exquisite landscape all around, forest dotted here and there with the patches of beautiful vegetable gardens like darns in an old garment.’
    • ‘And being so close to the stage I could see the darns in the showgirls' tights, so much for the glamour of Show Biz!’
    • ‘Later as a young adult she graduated to darning socks and clothing patching as an art form with patterns woven into the darns.’
    • ‘Clothing was rationed in just the same way as food and Mother was always altering my clothes, patching, turning collars and darning the darns on my socks.’
    • ‘Then she unfolded her napkin as if to examine the darns, and she really thought of applying herself to this work, counting the threads in the linen.’
    patch, repair, reinforcement, stitch, mend
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Origin

Early 17th century perhaps from dialect dern ‘to hide’, which is from Old English diernan, of West Germanic origin; compare with Middle Dutch dernen ‘stop holes in (a dyke)’.

Pronunciation

darn

/dɑːn/

Main meanings of darn in English

: darn1darn2

darn2

(US durn, durned) (also darned)
(US durn)

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adjective

informal North American
  • Used to emphasize something, especially to express anger or frustration.

    • ‘he was a darn sight younger than Jill’
    • ‘the darn things were expensive’
    • ‘winning it didn't mean a darned thing’
    • ‘you're darn right it's up to me!’
    • ‘One of the best titles in the ongoing Asia Extreme season, it's a darn sight more entertaining than most American genre films of recent months.’
    • ‘There'll be light touch regulation for those who behave responsibly and a darn sight heavier for those who don't.’
    • ‘That's a long way from the top-notch victories he served up a few years ago, but it's a darn sight better than the dismal showings he's had the last two years.’
    • ‘I can't help thinking, though, that if I suffered under such an affliction I'd be a darn sight more careful with my eardrums’
    • ‘My take is that helping these folks live a normal life in the community is a darn sight better than the old way of simply locking up the poor souls in asylums and throwing the key away.’
    • ‘Nature is a darn sight better and more thorough than any yard broom when it comes to clearing up leaves.’
    • ‘The stories themselves I thought were darn interesting.’
    • ‘I've held that darn gold card now for a long, long time, and paid an annual fee for it.’
    • ‘Nestled just off the main drag of expat ghetto Holland Village, Original Sin offers laid-back ambience, attentive staff - and darn good food.’
    • ‘That's why great and near-great Canadian rock acts have absolutely, unequivocally refused to cross that darn picket line, Grey Cup or no Grey Cup.’
    • ‘If you follow my diet, you may not lose weight but, darn it, you can always blame it on someone or something else.’
    • ‘You may not like stuff that gets described as epic but, darn it, you do.’
    • ‘You can grow tobacco, and you may be able to grow a moustache, but I'll be darned if you can ‘grow’ the economy.’
    • ‘Sixth and last, some polluters felt that meeting the standards was just too darn expensive and threatened plant closures.’
    • ‘They are just so darn reassuring and they were traveling in a pretty darn good direction, about 160 degrees, at about 15 mph.’
    • ‘Greenleaf Forest was a pretty darn average, and therefore a pretty darn boring forest.’
    • ‘It is a darn shame he did not go to his own electorate.’
    • ‘I'd say that Erwin Schrodinger is a pretty darn cool scientist.’
    • ‘So I hope they have a happy Christmas, because they will have a darn hard new year.’
    • ‘But we did have a team, and a pretty darn good one, too.’

exclamation

informal North American
  • Used for emphasis, especially to express anger or frustration.

    • ‘darn, I missed the show’

verb

[with object]informal North American
  • Used in various expressions for emphasis or to express anger or frustration.

    • ‘darn it all, Poppa!’

Origin

Late 18th century euphemism for damn.

Pronunciation

darn

/dɑːn/