from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To mend (a garment, for example) by weaving thread or yarn across a gap or hole.
- intransitive v. To repair a hole, as in a garment, by weaving thread or yarn across it.
- n. A hole repaired by weaving thread or yarn across it: a sock full of darns.
- interj. Used to express dissatisfaction or annoyance.
- adv. Damn.
- transitive v. To damn.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Damn.
- adv. Damned.
- interj. Damn.
- v. Euphemism of damn.
- v. To repair by stitching with thread or yarn, particularly by using a needle to construct a weave across a damaged area of fabric.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. 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.
- n. A place mended by darning.
- transitive v. A colloquial euphemism for damn.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- 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. A darned patch.
- To damn (when used as a colloquial oath): commonly used as an exclamation.
- Same as dern.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. repair by sewing
- n. something of little value
- n. sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
French dialectal darner, perhaps from Norman French darne, piece, from Breton darn.
Alteration of damn.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of damn (Wiktionary)
From Middle English dernen ("to keep secret, hide, conceal (a hole)"), from Old English diernan ("to hide, conceal"), from dierne ("secret"), from Proto-Germanic *darnijaz (“secret”). More at dern. (Wiktionary)