Meaning of “darn” in the English Dictionary

"darn" in British English

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darnverb [ T ]

uk /dɑːn/ us /dɑːrn/


uk /dɑːn/ us /dɑːrn/ informal

darnadjective [ before noun ]

/dɑːn/ /dɑːrn/ also darned, informal

(Definition of “darn” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"darn" in American English

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darnverb [ T ]

us /dɑrn/

darn verb [ T ] (REPAIR)

to repair a hole or a piece of clothing with long stitches across the hole and other stitches woven across them:

to darn socks


us /dɑrn/ also darn it, /ˈdɑr·nət, -nɪt/ infml

darn exclamation (EXPRESSION)

an expression of annoyance or surprise:

Darn it! I missed my bus.

darnadjective, adverb [ not gradable ]

us /dɑrn/ also darned, /dɑrnd/ infml

darn adjective, adverb [ not gradable ] (EXPRESSION)

used to express anger or annoyance:

Where’s my darn notebook?

Darn can also mean extremely:

I’m too darn tired to go out tonight.

(Definition of “darn” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)