from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • interj. Variant of darn2. See Regional Note at damned.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Euphemism for darn, in itself a euphemism for damn.
  • adv. Darn; damned; extremely.
  • interj. Euphemism for darn, in itself a euphemism for damn.
  • v. Rhotized pronunciation of doing.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See dern.
  • n. In mining, a “sett” of timbers in a mine.


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • I love zombie stories, ‘durn’ the doubters! but I agree the ending is lacking.

    BRAINS • by Karel Smolders

  • -- Writing on the PostPartisan blog, Armao wonders why Gray is being so durn defensive about the Write Fenty In campaign: Gray is a naturally cautious politician, and for all the new-found cordiality between him and the mayor over a smooth transition, I suspect there's still an element of mistrust between the two men.

    DeMorning DeBonis: Oct. 12, 2010

  • And I have to say … after four months on WordPress, I have been – and continue to be - pretty durn happy with this blogging site.

    100th Post Anniversary « Biodork

  • Since it was just too durn illogical to imagine that every single individual was slaughtered, they even posit a theory that a tiny band of Aboriginal-Americans fled to Tierra del Fuego at the very, very bottom of South America where they hid and eventually interbred with some of the Argentinian Indian population so they stopped looking black, and started looking Mongoloid.

    What the shit? -- A Bad Archaeology on TV Rant

  • Im not saying that i want every issue to be simply about bluegill fishing and squirrel hunting, but by durn those stories are timeless, incredibale tales that help us all relive the days that have came and gone.

    Forgot the Cheap Thrills issue already?

  • I leave the barrel on the stove, on low obviously, an hour or so to make durn sure it dries out.

    Just bought my 1st muzzle loader, I have someone to teach me the basics on shooting, but he told me to clean my rifle before I g

  • My parents are several-generations-back Kiwis (ie, no durn furriners in OUR family ever ...), and my mother always put eggs in the fridge, ever since I can remember, ie in the 70s and 80s.

    I am not the weird one here.

  • I can still remember the blasted thing mocking me as it slowly swam away, and I swear on my momma's grave that durn thing just turned right around just like it was lookin 'right at me.

    Gone Fishin'

  • Scotty is through, though we know durn well he won't make it all the way to Idol-dom as a country singer.

    'American Idol' 2011: Lucky 13 [Updated w/ Poll]

  • You didn't forget, you know she isn't those things and just thought no one would notice the omission cuz durn .... ain't she attractive? '

    Gingrich says Palin 'tremendously important'


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