To darn is to stitch up a small hole in a piece of clothing. Instead of throwing your worn-out socks away, you can just darn the holes in their toes.

When you darn your socks or sweaters, you use a needle and thread to close small holes in the woven fabric. There's even a specific stitch known as a "darning stitch," in which you first weave the thread with the grain of the fabric, and then fill in the other "woven" direction. The result is a sturdy patch made only of thread. Darn comes from the Middle French darner, "mend."

Primary Meanings of darn

repair by sewing
sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)
something of little value
Full Definitions of darn

v repair by sewing

darn socks”
Type of:
bushel, doctor, fix, furbish up, mend, repair, restore, touch on
restore by replacing a part or putting together what is torn or broken

n sewing that repairs a worn or torn hole (especially in a garment)

mend, patch
Type of:
sewing, stitchery
needlework on which you are working with needle and thread

n something of little value

hoot, red cent
Type of:
ineptitude, worthlessness
having no qualities that would render it valuable or useful

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