darn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v darn repair by sewing "darn socks"
    • n darn sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment) "her stockings had several mends"
    • n darn something of little value "his promise is not worth a damn","not worth one red cent","not worth shucks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. t Darn A colloquial euphemism for Damn.
    • n Darn A place mended by darning.
    • v. t Darn därn 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. "He spent every day ten hours in his closet, in darning his stockings."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • darn 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.
    • n darn A darned patch.
    • darn To damn (when used as a colloquial oath): commonly used as an exclamation.
    • darn Same as dern.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Darn därn to mend a hole by imitating the texture of the stuff
    • n Darn the place darned
    • v.i Darn därn a minced form of damn.
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Quotations

  • Leo Burnett
    Leo Burnett
    “If you are writing about baloney, don't try and make it Cornish hen, because that's the worst kind of baloney there is. Just make it darn good baloney.”
  • Lady Nancy Astor
    Lady Nancy Astor
    “Women have got to make the world safe for men since men have made it so darned unsafe for women.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A man who never made a mistake, never made anything worth a darn.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio, to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear,. Cf. Tear (v. t.)

Usage

In literature:

You'll find that hamper full of stockin's to be darned.
"The Wall Between" by Sara Ware Bassett
While she ate her meal and darned her stockings, night came on.
"Nobody's Girl" by Hector Malot
Where had he left that darned paper anyway?
"El Diablo" by Brayton Norton
She bent over her darning.
"'Lizbeth of the Dale" by Marian Keith
He could and did darn socks well.
"A Padre in France" by George A. Birmingham
One day Ray noticed this darning and asked me if my grandmother did it.
"A Preliminary Study of the Emotion of Love between the Sexes" by Sanford Bell
Her clothes were old and worn and every time she dressed some break was discovered that must be darned.
"The Comings of Cousin Ann" by Emma Speed Sampson
Louisa had to entertain family guests and darn the family stockings.
"Scouting For Girls, Official Handbook of the Girl Scouts" by Girl Scouts
If he thinks he's so darned much smarter than we are let him try it.
"With Hoops of Steel" by Florence Finch Kelly
Every time I see him I feel sore for hours afterward at how this darned place has treated the old boy.
"Counsel for the Defense" by Leroy Scott
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In poetry:

"When the world goes hard and wrong,
Lend a hand to help him along;
When his stockings have holes to darn,
Don't you grudge him your ball of yarn.
"The Old Cruiser" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And if the honest truth were told,
Its heel confessed the need of darning;
"Gods!" low-bred Vulcan cried, "behold!
There! that's what comes of too much larning!"
"The First Fan" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
And when he saw some shallow-pate,
With smallest brain possession,
He uttered no filosofy
On Nature's retrogression.
To ancient types, by Darwin's rule,
He simply said, "Wal, darn a fool."
"The Deacon And His Daughter" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Old Spense he sed, "I guess, my gal,
"Ye've been a sort ov dreamin';
"I see ye haven't set the pans,
"Nor turn'd the mornin's cream in;
"Now ain't ye spry? Now, darn my hat
"Ef the milk's run inter thet thar vat."
"Old Spense" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
"Yes, operations are so dear,
But it's your comfort and your cheer
To know your job's so steady here."
These are his words; so meek and mild,
He looks just like a simple child . . .
Go! darn it! Suddenly I'm riled.
"The Key Of The Street" by Robert W Service
But evenings when I sit alane,
Hearkenin' tap of sleet on t' pane,
An' whiles I darn or mend or knit,
Sich luvely speeches, bit by bit,
Like breet lunts* flicker through my mind,
Sich canty* speeches, douce an' kind.
"When John O'Dick Comes A-Courtin'" by Dorothy Una Ratcliffe

In news:

"It's pretty darn delicious," said Mike Scarsella.
Sometimes preaching in a lectionary church is like being Philip in Acts 8—the Spirit plucks us up and drops us where ever she darn well pleases.
LeBron James is pretty darn terrific on a basketball court.
That would mean that there are darn near 16 months before the general elections in November, 2008.
Until then, I leave you with this thought from a man known for being pretty darn good at measuring things.
Truth is, it's been almost 17 hours since I've had a cigarette and that's pretty darn cool… and no one has been harmed so far in the process.
The Cats started out pretty darn good.
Though we still haven't chosen a charitable beneficiary for our 2011 Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards compilation CD, this year's disc is still going to be pretty darn awesome.
The sultry singer sounds pretty darn good on songs like 'Video Games,' which made her an internet sensation the second half of 2011.
They really are beautiful creatures, almost making me wish they didn't taste so darn good with stuffing and cranberry sauce.
Clay Wilson was moved out of intensive care Thursday afternoon, capping a pretty darn good week for the injured cartoonist.
When women of a certain generation think of an Easy Bake Oven they remember that darn light bulb.
And sometimes that something is to do not a gol-darned thing at all.
Darn, I was hoping for a new tourist attraction.
The enclosed rides could reshape South Padre 's off-season, luring visitors to spring and fall months that, to this point, have been pretty darn lonely.
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In science:

But it remains pretty darned mysterious how it does so.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
She envisages the world as “loose and separate”, a succession of “distinct existences”: “just one darned thing after another”.
On the Persistence of Homogeneous Matter
El espacio-tiempo de estos modelos sin materia es M4 , sus diferencias se darán por la cinemática de las partículas de prueba en ellos (el substratum en [184, pag. 358]).
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Referencias más puntuales se darán como citas a lo largo de la sección.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
Conociendo las ecuaciones dinámicas de u (ó v, ó ξ ), δ ϕ y ψ podemos ver como las fluctuaciones clásicas evolucionan hasta convertirse en las condiciones iniciales para las perturbaciones de DM, radiación y bariones de §2.3 que darán origen a la estructura que observamos actualmente.
The quantum origins of the cosmological asymmetry
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