Yearn Yearn (y[~e]rn), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Yearned}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Yearning}.] [Also earn, ern; probably a corruption of OE. ermen to grieve, AS. ierman, yrman, or geierman, geyrman, fr. earm wretched, poor; akin to D. & G. arm, Icel. armr, Goth. arms. The y- in English is perhaps due to the AS. ge (see {Y-}).] To pain; to grieve; to vex. [Obs.] ``She laments, sir, for it, that it would yearn your heart to see it.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

It yearns me not if men my garments wear. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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