earn

earn

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English

Etymology 1

Old English earnian, from western Proto-Germanic *aznōną, from *aznō (labour), from*azaniz (summer, harvest).

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɜːn/
  • (US) enPR: ûrn, IPA(key): /ɝn/
  • Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)n
  • Homophones: ern, erne, urn

Verb

earn (third-person singular simple present earns, present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned)

  1. (transitive) To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
    • Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
  2. (transitive) To receive payment for work.
    (Can we add an example for this sense?)
  3. (intransitive) To receive payment for work.
  4. (transitive) To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward.
  5. (transitive) To achieve by being worthy of.
Synonyms
  • (gain through applied effort or work): deserve, merit, garner, win
  • ((transitive) receive payment for work):
  • ((intransitive) receive payment for work):
  • (cause someone to receive payment or reward): yield, make, generate, render
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

Old English irnan (to run). See rennet, and compare yearnings.

Verb

earn (third-person singular simple present earns, present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned)

  1. (Britain, dialectal, dated) To curdle, as milk.

Etymology 3

Verb

earn (third-person singular simple present earns, present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned)

  1. (obsolete) To long; to yearn.
    • Spenser
      And ever as he rode, his heart did earn / To prove his puissance in battle brave.
  2. (obsolete) To grieve.

Etymology 4

Noun

earn (plural earns)

  1. Alternative form of erne
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)

Anagrams

  • Arne, Near, Nera, eRNA, erna, nare, near, rean

Old English

Etymology

From Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (eagle, large bird). Cognate with Old Saxon arn (Dutch arend, adelaar), Old High German aro (German Aar, Adler), Old Norse ǫrn (Swedish örn, Danish ørn), Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐌰 (ara); and, outside the Germanic languages, with Ancient Greek ὄρνις (órnis, bird), Old Armenian որոր (oror, gull), Old Irish irar (Irish iolar), Lithuanian erẽlis, Old Church Slavonic орьлъ (orĭlŭ) (Russian орёл (orjól)).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /æɑ̯rn/, [æɑ̯rˠn]

Noun

earn m

  1. eagle

Declension

Descendants

  • English: erne

West Frisian

Etymology

From Old Frisian *ern, from Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō.

Noun

earn c (plural earnen, diminutive earntsje)

  1. eagle
  2. (figuratively) miser

Further reading

  • “earn”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011

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