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A basket of yarn (twisted fiber)


From Средњи Енглески yarne, ȝern

, yarn

, from the Стари Енглески ġearn (yarn, spun wool), from Пра-Германски *garną (yarn), from Пра-Индо-Европски *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (tharm, guts, intestines)

. Akin to Западни Фризијски jern, Холандски garen (yarn), Немачки Garn (yarn), Дански garn, Шведски garn (yarn, thread), Исландски garn (yarn), Латински hernia (rupture), Антички Грчки χορδή (khordḗ, string), Санскрт हिर (hira, band). Compare also the obsolete doublet




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.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, chapter 4, in Mr. Pratt's Patients:
      I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn, but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.