- Yarn is a strand of threads used for sewing, knitting or weaving, or a tale of almost unbelievable entertainment or adventure.
- 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.
Knitting needles tucked into balls of yarn.
- 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 ġearn (“yarn, spun wool”), from Proto-Germanic *garną (“yarn”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (“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 χορδή (chordḗ, “string”), Sanskrit हिर (hira, “band”). Cf. also the obsolete doublet garn.