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darn 1

v. darned, darn·ing, darns
v. tr.
To mend (a garment, for example) by weaving thread or yarn across a gap or hole.
v. intr.
To repair a hole, as in a garment, by weaving thread or yarn across it.
A hole repaired by weaving thread or yarn across it: a sock full of darns.

[Perhaps from Middle English dernen, to conceal, from dialectal Old English (Anglia) dernan, variant of Old English diernan, dyrnan; see dher- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]

darn 2

Used to express dissatisfaction or annoyance.
adv. & adj.
tr.v. darned, darn·ing, darns
To damn.

[Alteration of damn.]


(ˈdɑr nɪŋ)

articles to be darned.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.darning - the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threadsdarning - the act of mending a hole in a garment with crossing threads
fixing, repair, mend, mending, reparation, fix, fixture - the act of putting something in working order again


A. N (= action) → zurcido m; (= items to be darned) → cosas f por zurcir
B. CPD darning needle Naguja f de zurcir
darning wool Nhilo m de zurcir


[ˈdɑːrnɪŋ] n (= mending) → reprisage mdarning needle naiguille f à repriser


nStopfen nt; (= things to be darned)Flick- or Stopfsachen pl, → Flickarbeit f; I’ve a lot of darning to doich habe viel zu stopfen


1. n (action) → rammendo; (items to be darned) → roba da rammendare
2. adj (needle, wool) → da rammendo
References in classic literature ?
Rose laughed at this reckless offer, but promised to attend to that important branch, though she confessed that darning was her weak point.
Your esteemed contribution entitled Wareham Wildflowers has been accepted for The Pilot, Miss Perkins," said Rebecca, entering the room where Emma Jane was darning the firm's stockings.
It flew open, and there he stood in his dressing gown, with a big blue sock on one hand and a darning needle in the other.
She pulled a basket containing balls of differently colored wools and a pair of stockings which needed darning towards her, and began to set her fingers to work; while her mind, reflecting the lassitude of her body, went on perversely, conjuring up visions of solitude and quiet, and she pictured herself laying aside her knitting and walking out on to the down, and hearing nothing but the sheep cropping the grass close to the roots, while the shadows of the little trees moved very slightly this way and that in the moonlight, as the breeze went through them.
In the afternoons, when grandmother sat upstairs darning, or making husking-gloves, I read `The Swiss Family Robinson' aloud to her, and I felt that the Swiss family had no advantages over us in the way of an adventurous life.