from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A continuous strand of twisted threads of natural or synthetic material, such as wool or nylon, used in weaving or knitting.
- n. Informal A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an entertaining tale.
- intransitive v. Informal To tell an entertaining tale or series of tales.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
- n. 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.
- n. A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.
- v. To tell a story.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. One of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed.
- n. A story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Yarn made from Imperfectly carded stock.
- n. Originally, thread of any kind spun from natural fibers, vegetable or animal, or even mineral; now, more usually, thread prepared for weaving, as distinguished from sewing-thread of any sort. The term is also applied to stout woolen thread used for knitting, etc.
- n. Rope-yarn.
- n. A story; a tale: often implying the marvelous or untrue: applied to a long story, with allusion to spinning yarn: as, do you expect us to believe such a yarn as that? a sailors' yarn.
- To tell stories; spin yarns.
- Same as yearn, a dialectal variant of earn.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
- n. the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events
- v. tell or spin a yarn
Middle English, from Old English gearn; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English yarn, from the Old English ġearn ("yarn, spun wool"), from Proto-Germanic *garnan (“yarn”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰorn-, *ǵʰer- (“tharm, guts, intestines”). Akin to Dutch garen ("yarn"), German Garn ("yarn"), Swedish garn ("yarn, thread"), Icelandic garn ("yarn"), Latin hernia ("rupture"), Ancient Greek χορδή (chordḗ, "string"), Sanskrit (hira, "band"). (Wiktionary)