Origin of quern
- Middle English querne from Old English cweorn gwerə-1 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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").