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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 ?
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.
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.
She told her to notice particularly if a fine linen handkerchief of Monsieur Ratignolle's, which was missing last week, had been returned; and to be sure to set to one side such pieces as required mending and darning.
You may tell Miss Smith that I forgot to make a memorandum of the darning needles, but she shall have some papers sent in next week; and she is not, on any account, to give out more than one at a time to each pupil: if they have more, they are apt to be careless and lose them.
If Peggotty were looking for a hole, all of a sudden, in the heel of that stocking, it must have been a very little one indeed, and not worth darning.
As the feet were ragged past all darning, she had cut pieces out of a cast-off flannel petticoat, to make new soles.
What it was I forget; but she was either trimming a silken bonnet for Violet, or darning a pair of stockings for little Peony's short legs.
When he came back in the evening he found her seated at the window, darning his socks.