Definition of darn verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

darn

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//dɑːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɑːrn//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they darn
BrE BrE//dɑːn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɑːrn//
 
he / she / it darns
BrE BrE//dɑːnz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɑːrnz//
 
past simple darned
BrE BrE//dɑːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɑːrnd//
 
past participle darned
BrE BrE//dɑːnd//
 
; NAmE NAmE//dɑːrnd//
 
-ing form darning
BrE BrE//ˈdɑːnɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdɑːrnɪŋ//
 
 
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  • [transitive, intransitive] darn (something) to repair a hole in a piece of clothing by sewing stitches across the hole to darn socks
  • Word Originverb early 17th cent.: 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)’.Idioms (informal, especially North American English) used as a mild swear word to show that you are angry or annoyed about something, to avoid saying damn Darn it! I've lost my keys! (informal, especially North American English) used to show that you are surprised about something Well, I’ll be darned! They knew about it all the time!
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