yarn

yarn

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English

Etymology

From Middle English yarne, ȝern, yarn, from the Old English ġearn (yarn, spun wool), from Proto-Germanic *garną (yarn), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (tharm, guts, intestines). Akin to West Frisian jern, Dutch garen (yarn), German Garn (yarn), Danish garn, Swedish garn (yarn, thread), Icelandic garn (yarn), Latin hernia (rupture), Ancient Greek χορδή (khordḗ, string), Sanskrit हिर (hira, band). Compare also the obsolete doublet garn.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) enPR: yân, IPA(key): /jɑːn/
  • (US) enPR: yârn, IPA(key): /jɑɹn/
  • Rhymes: -ɑː(r)n

Noun

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.

Synonyms

  • (story or tale): story, tale

Derived terms

  • yarn-beam
  • yarn-spinner
  • yarnwindle

Related terms

  • spin a yarn

Translations

See also

  • hank
  • twine
  • thread

Verb

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

Translations

Anagrams

  • N-ray, NYRA, Ryan, n-ary, nary

Middle English

Noun

yarn

  1. Alternative form of yarne

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