Origin of quernMiddle English querne from Old English cweorn, akin to Old Norse kvern from Indo-European base an unverified form gwer-, heavy from source Classical Latin gravis, Classical Greek barys
Origin of quernMiddle English querne from Old English cweorn ; see gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present querns, present participle querning, simple past and past participle querned)
- To grind.
From Middle English quern, cwerne, from Old English cweorn (“quern, hand-mill, mill"), from Proto-Germanic *kwernuz, *kwernÅ (“millstone"), from Proto-Indo-European *gÊ·erÇun-, *gÊ·rÄun- (“millstone"). Cognate with North Frisian quern (“quern"), Dutch kweern (“quern"), Middle High German kurn (“millstone"), Danish kvÃ¦rn (“grinder"), Swedish kvarn (“mill, grinder").