Origin of yeanMiddle English genen from Old English an unverified form ge-eanian from ge- (see y-) + eanian, to bring forth lambs, akin to Dutch oonen from Indo-European base an unverified form agwhnos, lamb from source Classical Greek amnos, Classical Latin agnus, lamb
verbyeaned, yean·ing, yeans
Origin of yeanMiddle English iyenen, yenen from Old English geēanian ge- verb pref. ; see kom in Indo-European roots. ēanian to bear young
(third-person singular simple present yeans, present participle yeaning, simple past and past participle yeaned)
- (obsolete, of goats or sheep) To give birth to.
From Middle English *yenen, *Èenen, eanen, from Old English *Ä¡eÄ“anian, Ä“anian (“to yean, bring forth young (usually lambs), bring forth as a ewe") (for the prefixed form, compare Old English Ä¡eÄ“ane (“yeaning")), from Proto-Germanic *gaaunÅnÄ…, *aunÅnÄ… (“to yean, lamb"), from Proto-Indo-European *hâ‚‚egÊ·nos (“lamb"). Cognate with Scots yean (“to yean"), West Frisian eandsje, inje (“to yean"), Dutch onen (“to yean"), Swedish dialectal Ã¶na (“to yean"). Akin also to Latin agnus , Greek á¼€Î¼Î½ÏŒÏ‚ (amnos) , Old Irish Ãºan (“lamb"), and to ewe . See also ean.