What does yarn mean?

Definitions for yarnyɑrn

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word yarn.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. narration, recital, yarn(noun)

    the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events

    "his narration was hesitant"

  2. thread, yarn(verb)

    a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving

  3. yarn(verb)

    tell or spin a yarn


  1. yarn(Noun)

    A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.

  2. yarn(Noun)

    Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope.

  3. yarn(Noun)

    A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.

  4. yarn(Verb)

    To tell a story.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Yarn(noun)

    spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like

  2. Yarn(noun)

    one of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed

  3. Yarn(noun)

    a story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn

  4. Origin: [OE. yarn, arn, AS. gearn; akin to D. garen, G., OHG., Icel., Sw., & Dan. garn; of uncertain origin. Cf. Cord.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Yarn

    yärn, n. spun thread: one of the threads of a rope: a sailor's story (spun out to some length), a story generally.—v.i. to tell stories. [A.S. gearn, thread; Ice. and Ger. garn.]

The Foolish Dictionary, by Gideon Wurdz

  1. YARN

    An essential in fabrication--either woven or narrated. Mill yarns are highly colored; those spun at sea much more so.

Editors Contribution

  1. yarn

    Cotton, wool or other fibres in the form of a thick strand.

    Yarn is used to make or knit clothing and for various other purposes.

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British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'yarn' in Nouns Frequency: #2750

Anagrams for yarn »

  1. nary, n-ary

  2. Ryan

  3. N-ary


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of yarn in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of yarn in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Stephen Yates:

    I don't have particular sympathy for delegates who chose not to avail themselves of the opportunity in full committee, and then start spinning yarn about how this came about.

  2. Nick Merrill:

    While the GOP may want to spin a good yarn on this, let's not get tied up in knots, we wanted to accommodate the press, allow her to greet voters, and allow the press to be right there in the parade with her as opposed to preset locations. And that's what we did.

Images & Illustrations of yarn

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