I. noun Etymology: Middle English, from Old English gearn; akin to Old High German garn yarn, Greek chordē string, Latin hernia rupture, Sanskrit hira band Date: before 12th century 1. a. a continuous often plied strand composed of either natural or man-made fibers or filaments and used in weaving and knitting to form cloth b. a similar strand of another material (as metal, glass, or plastic) 2. a narrative of adventures; especially a tall tale <
a roaring good yarn
II. intransitive verb Date: 1812 to tell a yarn • yarner noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Yarn — Yarn, n. [OE. yarn, [yogh]arn, AS. gearn; akin to D. garen, G., OHG., Icel., Sw., & Dan. garn; of uncertain origin. Cf. {Cord}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • yarn — (n.) O.E. gearn spun fiber, from P.Gmc. *garnan (Cf. O.N., O.H.G., Ger. garn, M.Du. gaern, Du. garen yarn ), from PIE root *ghere intestine, gut, entrail (Cf. O.N. gorn gut, Skt. hira vein; entrails, L. hernia …   Etymology dictionary

  • yarn — [ jarn ] noun * 1. ) uncount cotton, wool, or other fibers in the form of thick THREAD (=a substance like string): a ball of yarn 2. ) count INFORMAL a long story with a lot of exciting details spin (someone) a yarn to give someone a long… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • yarn — [ja:n US ja:rn] n [: Old English; Origin: gearn] 1.) [U] thick thread made of cotton or wool, which is used to ↑knit things 2.) informal a story of adventures, travels etc, usually made more exciting and interesting by adding things that never… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • yarn — yarn·er; yarn; …   English syllables

  • yarn — [n1] fiber for knitting cotton fiber, flaxen thread, fleece, spun wool, thread, twist, wool; concept 473 yarn [n2] story, often long and made up adventure, alibi, anecdote, fable, fabrication, fairy tale, lie, line, narrative, potboiler*, prose,… …   New thesaurus

  • yarn — ► NOUN 1) spun thread used for knitting, weaving, or sewing. 2) informal a long or rambling story. ► VERB informal ▪ tell a yarn. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

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  • yarn — tale, *story, narrative, anecdote …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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