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yarn

 (yärn)
n.
1.
a. A continuous strand of twisted threads of natural or synthetic fibers, such as wool or nylon, used in weaving or knitting.
b. A similar strand of other materials such as glass or plastic.
2. Informal A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an entertaining tale.
intr.v. yarned, yarn·ing, yarns Informal
To tell an entertaining tale or series of tales.

[Middle English, from Old English gearn; see gherə- in Indo-European roots.]

yarn

(jɑːn)
n
1. (Textiles) a continuous twisted strand of natural or synthetic fibres, used in weaving, knitting, etc
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) informal a long and often involved story or account, usually telling of incredible or fantastic events
3. spin a yarn informal
a. to tell such a story
b. to make up or relate a series of excuses
vb
(intr) to tell such a story or stories
[Old English gearn; related to Old High German garn yarn, Old Norse görn gut, Greek khordē string, gut]

yarn

(yɑrn)
n.
1. thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
2. a continuous strand or thread made from glass, metal, plastic, etc.
3. an aggregate of fibers, as of hemp, that forms one of the small elements composing a strand of rope.
4. a tale, esp. a long story of adventure or incredible happenings.
v.i.
5. to tell a yarn.
[before 1000; Middle English; Old English gearn, c. Middle Dutch gaern, Old High German, Old Norse garn]

yarn


Past participle: yarned
Gerund: yarning

Imperative
yarn
yarn
Present
I yarn
you yarn
he/she/it yarns
we yarn
you yarn
they yarn
Preterite
I yarned
you yarned
he/she/it yarned
we yarned
you yarned
they yarned
Present Continuous
I am yarning
you are yarning
he/she/it is yarning
we are yarning
you are yarning
they are yarning
Present Perfect
I have yarned
you have yarned
he/she/it has yarned
we have yarned
you have yarned
they have yarned
Past Continuous
I was yarning
you were yarning
he/she/it was yarning
we were yarning
you were yarning
they were yarning
Past Perfect
I had yarned
you had yarned
he/she/it had yarned
we had yarned
you had yarned
they had yarned
Future
I will yarn
you will yarn
he/she/it will yarn
we will yarn
you will yarn
they will yarn
Future Perfect
I will have yarned
you will have yarned
he/she/it will have yarned
we will have yarned
you will have yarned
they will have yarned
Future Continuous
I will be yarning
you will be yarning
he/she/it will be yarning
we will be yarning
you will be yarning
they will be yarning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been yarning
you have been yarning
he/she/it has been yarning
we have been yarning
you have been yarning
they have been yarning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been yarning
you will have been yarning
he/she/it will have been yarning
we will have been yarning
you will have been yarning
they will have been yarning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been yarning
you had been yarning
he/she/it had been yarning
we had been yarning
you had been yarning
they had been yarning
Conditional
I would yarn
you would yarn
he/she/it would yarn
we would yarn
you would yarn
they would yarn
Past Conditional
I would have yarned
you would have yarned
he/she/it would have yarned
we would have yarned
you would have yarned
they would have yarned
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.yarn - the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of eventsyarn - the act of giving an account describing incidents or a course of events; "his narration was hesitant"
body - the central message of a communication; "the body of the message was short"
introduction - the first section of a communication
close, closing, ending, conclusion, end - the last section of a communication; "in conclusion I want to say..."
report, account - the act of informing by verbal report; "he heard reports that they were causing trouble"; "by all accounts they were a happy couple"
recounting, telling, relation - an act of narration; "he was the hero according to his own relation"; "his endless recounting of the incident eventually became unbearable"
2.yarn - a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weavingyarn - a fine cord of twisted fibers (of cotton or silk or wool or nylon etc.) used in sewing and weaving
cord - a line made of twisted fibers or threads; "the bundle was tied with a cord"
cotton - thread made of cotton fibers
dental floss, floss - a soft thread for cleaning the spaces between the teeth
floss - a soft loosely twisted thread used in embroidery
Lastex - yarn that has an elastic core wound around with cotton or silk or nylon or rayon threads
ligature - thread used by surgeons to bind a vessel (as to constrict the flow of blood)
metallic - a yarn made partly or entirely of metal
nap, pile - the yarn (as in a rug or velvet or corduroy) that stands up from the weave; "for uniform color and texture tailors cut velvet with the pile running the same direction"
purl - gold or silver wire thread
suture - thread of catgut or silk or wire used by surgeons to stitch tissues together
tinsel - a thread with glittering metal foil attached
warp - yarn arranged lengthways on a loom and crossed by the woof
weft, woof, filling, pick - the yarn woven across the warp yarn in weaving
worsted yarn, worsted - a tightly twisted woolen yarn spun from long-staple wool
Verb1.yarn - tell or spin a yarnyarn - tell or spin a yarn      
recount, narrate, tell, recite - narrate or give a detailed account of; "Tell what happened"; "The father told a story to his child"

yarn

noun
1. thread, fibre, cotton, wool vegetable-dyed yarn
2. (Informal) story, tale, anecdote, account, narrative, fable, reminiscence, urban myth, tall story, urban legend, cock-and-bull story (informal) Doug has a yarn or two to tell me about his trips into the bush.

yarn

noun
Informal. An entertaining and often oral account of a real or fictitious occurrence:
Informal: tall tale.
Translations
حِكايَةٌ مُلَفَّقَهغَزْل، خَيْط مَغْزول
historkapřízevlákno
=-garnfortællinggarnhistorie
GarnSeemannsgarnSeemannsgarn spinnen
fadeno
lankarihma
sagaspunniî garn
dzijapiedzīvojumu stāsts
garn
ipliköykü masal

yarn

[jɑːn]
A. N
1. (= wool) → hilo m
2. (= tale) → cuento m, historia f
to spin a yarnsoltar una historia
she spun them a yarn about how she'd masterminded the whole projectles soltó una historia de cómo había estado al frente de todo el proyecto
B. VIcontar historias

yarn

[ˈjɑːrn] n
(= thread) → fil m
(= tale) → longue histoire f

yarn

n
(Tex) → Garn nt
(= tale)Seemannsgarn nt; to spin a yarnSeemannsgarn spinnen; to spin somebody a yarn about somethingjdm eine Lügengeschichte über etw (acc)erzählen

yarn

[jɑːn] n
a. (wool, thread) → filato
b. (tale) → storia, racconto
to spin sb a yarn → raccontare a qn una grossa balla

yarn1

(jaːn) noun
wool, cotton etc spun into thread. knitting-yarn; a length of yarn.

yarn2

(jaːn) noun
an old word for a story or tale. He told us interesting yarns about his travels.
References in classic literature ?
and she had to leave her paradise to wind yarn, wash the poodle, or read Belsham's Essays by the hour together.
A very ancient woman, in a white short gown and a green petticoat, with a string of gold beads about her neck, and what looked like a nightcap on her head, had brought a quantity of yarn to barter for the commodities of the shop.
I tell you what it is, landlord, said I, quite calmly, you'd better stop spinning that yarn to me --I'm not green.
And then, while some of the other prisoners gathered round he told his wild story; most of them were incredulous, but Duane knew that Jurgis could never have made up such a yarn as that.
Baby seemed quite used to this mode of proceeding, for he put his thumb in his mouth (as if it were quite a thing of course), and seemed soon absorbed in his own reflections, while the mother seated herself, and taking out a long stocking of mixed blue and white yarn, began to knit with briskness.
These wore loose knee-breeches, long yarn stockings, and hobnailed high-laced walking-shoes.
She went and got the lump of lead and fetched it back, and brought along a hank of yarn which she wanted me to help her with.
Hannah was darning stockings, and she threaded her needle and snipped off the yarn before she answered, "No, thank you, Becky.
It was partly to this vague fear that Marner was indebted for protecting him from the persecution that his singularities might have drawn upon him, but still more to the fact that, the old linen-weaver in the neighbouring parish of Tarley being dead, his handicraft made him a highly welcome settler to the richer housewives of the district, and even to the more provident cottagers, who had their little stock of yarn at the year's end.
Come away, Hawkins," he would say; "come and have a yarn with John.
And, so saying, she set the girl down to spin yarn, and she gave the boy a sieve in which to carry water from the well, and she herself went out into the wood.
Phylo now placed this by her side, full of fine spun yarn, and a distaff charged with violet coloured wool was laid upon the top of it.