English Online Dictionary. What means earn? What does earn mean?
From Old English earnian, from Middle English ernen, from Proto-West Germanic *aʀanōn, from Proto-Germanic *azanōną.
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɜːn/
- (US) enPR: ûrn, IPA(key): /ɝn/
- Rhymes: -ɜː(ɹ)n
- Homophones: ern, erne, urn
earn (third-person singular simple present earns, present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned or (chiefly UK) earnt)
- (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.
- (transitive) To receive payment for work.
- (Can we add an example for this sense?)
- (intransitive) To receive payment for work.
- (transitive) To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward.
- (transitive) To achieve by being worthy of.
- (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
- from Middle English erne, ernen (“to coagulate, congeal”) (chiefly South Midlands) [and other forms], a metathetic variant of rennen (“to run; to coagulate, congeal”), from Old English rinnen (“to run”) (with the variants iernan, irnan) and Old Norse rinna (“to move quickly, run; of liquid: to flow, run; to melt”), both ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *h₃er- (“to move, stir; to rise, spring”); or
- a back-formation from earning (“(Britain regional, archaic) rennet”).
earn (third-person singular simple present earns, present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned) (Britain, dialectal)
- (transitive, archaic) To curdle (milk), especially in the cheesemaking process.
- Synonyms: run, yearn (Northern England, Scotland)
- (intransitive, obsolete) Of milk: to curdle, espcially in the cheesemaking process.
A variant of yearn.
earn (third-person singular simple present earns, present participle earning, simple past and past participle earned)
- (transitive, obsolete) To strongly long or yearn (for something or to do something).
- (intransitive, obsolete) To grieve.
earn (plural earns)
- Alternative form of erne
- Arne, Near, Nera, eRNA, erna, nare, near, rean
From Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (“eagle, large bird”). Cognate with Old Frisian *ern, Old Saxon *arn, Old Dutch *arn, Old High German arn, Old Norse ǫrn, Gothic 𐌰𐍂𐌰 (ara); and, outside the Germanic languages, with Ancient Greek ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”), Old Armenian որոր (oror, “gull”), Old Irish irar, Lithuanian erẽlis, Old Church Slavonic орьлъ (orĭlŭ).
- IPA(key): /æ͜ɑrn/, [æ͜ɑrˠn]
- English: erne
From Old Frisian *ern, from Proto-Germanic *arô, from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō.
earn c (plural earnen, diminutive earntsje)
- (figuratively) miser
- “earn”, in Wurdboek fan de Fryske taal (in Dutch), 2011