from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To mend (a garment, for example) by weaving thread or yarn across a gap or hole.
  • intransitive v. To repair a hole, as in a garment, by weaving thread or yarn across it.
  • n. A hole repaired by weaving thread or yarn across it: a sock full of darns.
  • interj. Used to express dissatisfaction or annoyance.
  • adv. Damn.
  • transitive v. To damn.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Damn.
  • adv. Damned.
  • interj. Damn.
  • v. Euphemism of damn.
  • v. To repair by stitching with thread or yarn, particularly by using a needle to construct a weave across a damaged area of fabric.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A place mended by darning.
  • transitive v. To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing stitches of yarn or thread by means of a needle; to sew together with yarn or thread.
  • transitive v. A colloquial euphemism for damn.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To mend by filling in a rent or hole with yarn or thread (usually like that of the fabric) by means of a needle; repair by interweaving with yarn or thread.
  • To damn (when used as a colloquial oath): commonly used as an exclamation.
  • Same as dern.
  • n. A darned patch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. repair by sewing
  • n. something of little value
  • n. sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)


French dialectal darner, perhaps from Norman French darne, piece, from Breton darn.
Alteration of damn.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of damn (Wiktionary)
From 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. (Wiktionary)


  • Otherwise it reads as an aggressive attack without just cause. on January 5, 2008 at 12: 41 am | Reply notellin darn IG got in first, should not have typed so much on January 5, 2008 at 1: 18 am | Reply Southern town cop


  • Maybe I'm being near-sighted here, but I can't name a darn mystery author, one who solely writes mysteries, who'd pull in those numbers to a live gig.


  • I'd worked with her before on Alias and she's always happy and always pleasant to everyone really and when she swears she says thing like 'darnit' and 'darn' - now even The Waltons go a bit (further).


  • Keep this compulsory redistribution of wealth up from those who make it to those who'd like it, and they orta just call the darn things

    Neptunus Lex

  • Come on now, "gotcha" and "darn" - these are the words we want to hear from a VP? News

  • _'a la Labrador_ (alias darn goods), followed by black coffee.

    The Long Labrador Trail

  • I can tell you growing up my Grama didn't have a problem with us kids saying "darn" but she hit the roof if you said "damn" or "shut up" for that matter.

    Does "Frick" = "Fuck"?

  • ` ` We sort of got frustrated a little bit and said 'darn' and got two techs, '' Paul said.

  • And not all players actually say "darn" or "gosh" when they strike out with the bases loaded.

    No. 3: Stars easy to see on field, in stands at Dodger Stadium

  • I have never heard a VP or Presidential nominee use the words "darn" or "heck" in a debate.

    Biden Vs. "Mooseburger Madame"- A Compilation of eMails about Debate


Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.