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From Middle English yarne, ȝern, yarn, from the Old English ġearn (yarn, spun wool), from Proto-West Germanic *garn, from Proto-Germanic *garną (yarn), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (tharm, guts, intestines).


  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: yän, IPA(key): /jɑːn/
  • (US) enPR: yärn, IPA(key): /jɑɹn/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(ɹ)n


yarn (countable and uncountable, plural yarns)

  1. (uncountable) A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
  2. (nautical) Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope.
  3. (countable) A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.


  • (story or tale): story, tale


  • (en, fiber strand): worsted

Derived terms

  • yarn-beam
  • yarn-spinner
  • yarnwindle

Related terms

  • spin a yarn


See also

  • hank
  • twine
  • thread


yarn (third-person singular simple present yarns, present participle yarning, simple past and past participle yarned)

  1. To tell a story or stories.
    • 1935, Christopher Isherwood, Mr Norris Changes Trains (U.S. title: The Last of Mr Norris), Chapter Thirteen, in The Berlin Stories, New York: New Directions, 1963, p. 152,[1]
      “Well, well!” exclaimed Mr. van Hoorn. “Here are the boys! As hungry as hunters, I’ll be bound! And we two old fogies have been wasting the whole afternoon yarning away indoors. My goodness, is it as late as that? I say, I want my tea!”
    • 1942, Neville Shute, Pied Piper, New York: William Morrow & Co., Chapter 7,[2]
      They had stayed in some little pension and had gone for little, bored walks while the colonel went out in the boats with the fisherman, or sat yarning with them in the café.

Derived terms

  • yarner



  • Arny, N-ray, NYRA, Ryan, n-ary, nary

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of yarne

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