See also: darń

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

A minced oath of damn.

AdjectiveEdit

darn (not comparable)

  1. (euphemistic) Damn.
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AdverbEdit

darn (not comparable)

  1. (degree, euphemistic) Damned.
    • 1948, Cole Porter (lyrics and music), “Too Darn Hot”:
      But I ain't up to my baby tonight / 'Cause it's too darn hot
    • 2021 September 6, Zack Handlen, “Rick And Morty ends its fifth season looking for an escape hatch”, in AV Club[1]:
      Of the two episodes, “Mortshall” is slightly weaker, while still being pretty darn good. I spent a lot of this season bemoaning the weaker entries, and like I said last time, it’s shit like this that makes me complain when stuff gets super dumb.

InterjectionEdit

darn

  1. (euphemistic) Damn.
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VerbEdit

darn (third-person singular simple present darns, present participle darning, simple past and past participle darned)

  1. (transitive) Euphemism of damn.
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Etymology 2Edit

 
Darning

From Middle English dernen (to keep secret, hide, conceal (a hole)), from Old English diernan (to hide, conceal), from Proto-West Germanic *darnijan, from Proto-West Germanic *darnī (hidden, secret). Related to Old English dyrne, dierne (secret, adjective).

VerbEdit

darn (third-person singular simple present darns, present participle darning, simple past and past participle darned)

  1. (transitive, sewing) To repair by stitching with thread or yarn, particularly by using a needle to construct a weave across a damaged area of fabric.
    I need to darn these socks again.
Usage notesEdit

Predominantly used to described repairs to stockings or socks. The frequency of references to both follows their general prominence, references to stockings being more historically prominent, references to socks being more recently prominent.

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NounEdit

darn (plural darns)

  1. A place mended by darning.
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WelshEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle Welsh darn, from Proto-Brythonic *darn, from Proto-Celtic *darnos, *darnā, from Proto-Indo-European *der- (to split, separate). Cognate with Cornish darn, Breton darn, French darne (piece of fish) and, more distantly, Polish darń (sod).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

darn m or f (plural darnau)

  1. a piece, a fragment, a patch
    Wyt ti eisiau darn arall o gacen?
    Do you want another piece of cake?
    Rwy wedi prynu darn o dir coedig.
    I've bought a patch of wooded land.
    Synonym: pisyn
  2. a part
    Mae eisiau darn newydd i'r car.
    The car needs a new part.
  3. a coin
    Oes gen ti ddarn punt?
    Have you got a pound coin?
    Synonym: darn arian
  4. a passage
    Darllenwch y darn cyn ateb y cwestiynau.
    Read the passage before answering the questions.

MutationEdit

Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
darn ddarn narn unchanged
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further readingEdit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present), “darn”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies