• Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Durn durn (prov.) a door-post
    • Durn Also Dern
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In literature:

An' 'twar that thar durned horse-thief of a ranger ez tolled her off!
"'way Down In Lonesome Cove" by Charles Egbert Craddock (AKA Mary Noailles Murfree)
Those durned Injuns are out; they're gittin' round Jason's place.
"The Watchers of the Plains" by Ridgewell Cullum
An' 'specially as it's to be agin ole Santy, the durned skunk.
"The Free Lances" by Mayne Reid
Durn yur stinkin' imperence, who air ye?
"The Wild Huntress" by Mayne Reid
Wal, I'll shore keep a durn sharp eye on you, an' hobble you too.
"Valley of Wild Horses" by Zane Grey
Durned plug got busy 'stead o' waitin' around.
"The Night Riders" by Ridgwell Cullum
It was a shame, a durned shame, and it came over him with a shock that she, too, might be dead.
"Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas" by Lloyd Osbourne
An' if I hear another filthy suggestion from this durned skunk Beasley, what I said goes.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
I won't take your durned paper.
"The Harbor of Doubt" by Frank Williams
The durned fog's that thick you couldn't get a glimpse o' Peddick's flamin' hair in it.
"The One-Way Trail" by Ridgwell Cullum

In poetry:

"Why them confoundered Congriss chaps
Hez knocked the prices out uv our craps:
We can't sell butter ner beans no more
Tu enny furren ship er shore,
Becuz them durned Republikins
Hez gone un riz the teriff on tins."
"The Tariff On Tin" by Hanford Lennox Gordon
"Hanner," he said, and he raised his eyes
And looked exceedingly grave and wise,
"The kentry's agoin, I guess, tu the dogs:
Them durned Republikins, they air hogs:
A dev'lish purty fix we air in;
They've gone un riz the teriff on tin."
"The Tariff On Tin" by Hanford Lennox Gordon

In news:

Four wasp species performed the aerial trick on camera for José María Gómez Durán of Madrid.
Anyone familiar with these sayings will likely find their favorites here, from "durn" to "That fool stole my buggy at the Piggly Wiggly.
Texas and those durn foreigners.
Political Suspense Drama Directed by: Robert Aldrich ( Hush, Hush, Sweet Charlotte ) Starring: Burt Lancaster, Roscoe Lee Browne, Joseph Cotten, Charles Durning, Paul Winfield, Richard Widmark, Melvyn Douglas.
Joan Singler, Jean Durning, Bettylou Valentine, and Maid Adams will lead a discussion at the bookstore next Saturday (April 16, 2011), 3:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Middle aged men and and their gal durn rock and roll music.
Comedy-Fantasy Directed by: Joel and Ethan Coen Starring: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman, Charles Durning, John Mahoney, Jim True, Bill Cobbs.
"Kendra has come home with headaches and stomach aches and a lot of allergy-like symptoms," parent Kathy Durán said.

In science:

Later on, Cohen and co-workers (Cohen and White Jr. (1991); Edwards and Cohen (1995)), and Durning and co-workers (Huang and Durning (1997); Cairncross and Durning (1996)) have also recognized the importance of studying the diffusion of solvents through polymeric materials that show viscoelastic response.
Diffusion of a fluid through a viscoelastic solid
Cairncross, R.A., Durning, C.J., 1996. A model for drying of viscoelastic polymer coatings.
Diffusion of a fluid through a viscoelastic solid