Etymology 1Edit

First attested in late Middle English; a syncopic form of daywork, developed through the series of forms: dayworkdaywerkdaywarkdawark → *da’arkdarkdarg.

Alternative formsEdit

  • dawerk, dawark [15th century]
  • daurk [18th century]
  • daark, dark, darrak, darroch, dargue, daurg [19th century]



darg (plural dargs)

  1. (in Scotland and northern English dialects) A day’s work, the task of a day; also, a defined quantity or amount of work, or of the product of work, done in a certain time or at a certain rate of payment; a task.
Derived termsEdit
  • darg-days
  • dargsman
  • darging


Etymology 2Edit

The ŏ of dog (dŏg) has merged with ä in many American dialects.


darg (plural dargs)

  1. (dialect) Informal form of dog.
    • 1897, Herbert George Wells, The Invisible Man; Chapter III:
      Hall had stood gaping. "He wuz bit," said Hall. "I’d better go and see to en," and he trotted after the stranger. He met Mrs. Hall in the passage. "Carrier’s darg," he said "bit en."



Alteration of dark, a contraction of dawark, daywerk ‘day's work’.


darg (plural dargs)

  1. a day's work (especially agricultural labour)
  2. an amount or number of something produced in a day
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