darn

\ \ English has two distinct words darn. The verb ‘mend with stitches’ [16] may come ultimately from an Old English verb diernanhide’, a derivative of the adjective diernesecret’, which in turn was descended from West Germanic *darnjaz. Darn the mild curse [18], which arose in American English, is usually taken to be a euphemistic alteration of damn, although it has been suggested, not very plausibly, that it too came from dern, the modern English descendant of Old English dierne, in the sense ‘dark, dreary’.

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  • darn — darn1 [därn] vt., vi. [< MFr dial. darner, to piece together, mend < Bret darn, a piece < IE base * der , to pull off, split apart > TEAR1] to mend (cloth) or repair (a hole or tear in cloth) by sewing a network of stitches across the …   English World dictionary

  • Darn — may refer to: Darning, a sewing technique Darn, a minced oath used in lieu of damn Darn, a unit of measurement, equal to 2.587 feet (US). This disambiguation page lists articles associated with the same title. If an …   Wikipedia

  • darn it — darn it/you/him/etc mainly american informal phrase used when you are annoyed about something Darn it! I was sure I’d left my keys here. Thesaurus: ways of emphasizing when you are annoye …   Useful english dictionary

  • Darn — Darn, n. A place mended by darning. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darn — Darn, v. t. A colloquial euphemism for {Damn}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Darn — (d[aum]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Darned} (d[aum]rnd); p. pr. & vb. n. {Darning}.] [OE. derne, prob. of Celtic origin; cf. W. darnio to piece, break in pieces, W. & Arm. to E. tear. Cf. {Tear}, v. t.] To mend as a rent or hole, with interlacing… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • darn — [interj] damn confound it, cripes, damn it, dang*, darnation, doggone, drat*, gosh darn; concepts 52,54 …   New thesaurus

  • darń — {{/stl 13}}{{stl 8}}rz. ż IVa, lm M. darńrnie {{/stl 8}}{{stl 7}} wierzchnia warstwa gleby wraz z roślinami, martwymi i żywymi korzeniami roślin; pocięte płaty gleby wraz z rosnącą na niej trawą, służące do umacniania rowów i nasypów : {{/stl… …   Langenscheidt Polski wyjaśnień

  • darn it! — ˈdarn it! idiom (informal, especially NAmE) used as a mild swear word to show that you are angry or annoyed about sth, to avoid saying ‘ damn ’ • Darn it! I ve lost my keys! …   Useful english dictionary

  • darn — index repair Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

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