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Etymology 1Edit

From Old English giernan, from Proto-Germanic *girnijaną.

VerbEdit

yearn (third-person singular simple present yearns, present participle yearning, simple past and past participle yearned)

  1. (intransitive, construed with for) To long, have a strong desire (for something).
    • All I yearn for is a simple life.
  2. (intransitive, construed with for) To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
  3. (intransitive) To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
    • Shakespeare
      Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
  4. (transitive) To pain; to grieve; to vex.
    • Shakespeare
      It would yearn your heart to see it.
    • Shakespeare
      It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
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Etymology 2Edit

See yearning (rennet).

VerbEdit

yearn (third-person singular simple present yearns, present participle yearning, simple past and past participle yearned)

  1. (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.

Etymology 3Edit

Conflation of yearn and yen (desire, craving).

NounEdit

yearn (plural yearns)

  1. (nonstandard) yen; yearning
    • 1917 August 12, "A YEARN FOR PEACE; Pan-Germanism Denounced" Sunday Times (Perth, WA) p.1
    • 1979 Norman Mailer, The Executioner's Song
      Gibbs now said he wasn't going to pull any punches with Gary when he knew how jealous a man could get, so he also wanted to tell him that Phil Hansen was reputed to have a yearn for attractive ladies.
    • 2010 Frank Buchmann-Moller Someone to Watch Over Me: The Life and Music of Ben Webster (University of Michigan Press) ISBN 0472025988 p.57
      "After he had made a record date with us in 1935, I always had a yearn for Ben," he said years later.
    • 2014 February 13, AFP, "Why internet adultery numbers are soaring" New Zealand Herald
      "My guess, however, is that it has because there are many people who have a yearn for sex outside their relationship but wouldn't have the slightest idea about how to do it or do it safely," Prof Schwartz added.

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