(third-person singular simple present lins, present participle linning, simple past linned or lan, past participle linned or lun)
From Middle English linnen, from Old English linnan (“to cease from, desist, lose, yield up"), from Proto-Germanic *linnanÄ… (“to turn, move aside, avoid"), from Proto-Indo-European *ley- (“to elude, avoid, shrink from"). Cognate with Danish linne (“to stop, rest"), Swedish dialectal linna (“to pause, rest"), Icelandic linna (“to stop, rest").
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From Irish or Gaelic.