Knitting needles tucked into balls of yarn.
- An example of yarn is the material used for weaving a blanket.
- An example of a yarn is a tale about a great journey up a mountain.
- any fiber, as wool, silk, flax, cotton, nylon, glass, etc., spun into strands for weaving, knitting, or making thread
- coarse fibers woven into strands for rope-making
- Informal a tale or story, esp. one that seems exaggerated or hard to believe
Origin of yarnMiddle English ; from Old English gearn, yarn, akin to German garn ; from Indo-European base an unverified form her-, intestine from source Classical Latin haru-spex, soothsayer, literally , intestine-seer, Classical Greek chordē
spin a yarn
- a. A continuous strand of twisted threads of natural or synthetic fibers, such as wool or nylon, used in weaving or knitting.b. A similar strand of other materials such as glass or plastic.
- Informal A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an entertaining tale.
intransitive verbyarned, yarn·ing, yarns Informal
Origin of yarnMiddle English, from Old English gearn; see gher&schwa;- in Indo-European roots.
(countable and uncountable, plural yarns)
- spin a yarn
(third-person singular simple present yarns, present participle yarning, simple past and past participle yarned)
- to tell a story
From Middle English yarn, from the Old English Ä¡earn (“yarn, spun wool"), from Proto-Germanic *garnÄ… (“yarn"), from Proto-Indo-European *ÇµÊ°orn-, *ÇµÊ°er- (“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 Ï‡Î¿ÏÎ´Î® (chordá¸—, “string"), Sanskrit à¤¹à¤¿à¤° (hira, “band"). Cf. also the obsolete doublet garn.