- a container or contrivance in which milk or cream is beaten, stirred, or shaken to form butter
- the occurrence, ratio, or amount of turnover of investments, customers, commodities, etc.
Origin of churnMiddle English chirne from Old English cyrne; akin to cyrnel, kernel: with reference, refer to grainy appearance of churned cream
- to stir, beat, or shake (milk or cream) in a churn
- to make (butter) in a churn
- to stir up vigorously
- to produce (foam, etc.) by stirring vigorously
- to cause a rapid turnover of (a client's investments) so that the broker can claim commissions
Origin of churnME chirnen < the n.
- to use a churn in making butter
- to move or stir as if in a churn: many ideas churning in his brain