Also found in: Thesaurus, Acronyms, Idioms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.
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.
American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright © 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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
(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]
Collins English Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged, 12th Edition 2014 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1994, 1998, 2000, 2003, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2014
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]
Random House Kernerman Webster's College Dictionary, © 2010 K Dictionaries Ltd. Copyright 2005, 1997, 1991 by Random House, Inc. All rights reserved.
Past participle: yarned
Collins English Verb Tables © HarperCollins Publishers 2011
Switch to new thesaurus
|Noun||1.||yarn - 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"
|2.||yarn - 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
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
|Verb||1.||yarn - tell or spin a yarn|
Based on WordNet 3.0, Farlex clipart collection. © 2003-2012 Princeton University, Farlex Inc.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
The American Heritage® Roget's Thesaurus. Copyright © 2013, 2014 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
حِكايَةٌ مُلَفَّقَهغَزْل، خَيْط مَغْزول
1. (= wool) → hilo m
Collins Spanish Dictionary - Complete and Unabridged 8th Edition 2005 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1971, 1988 © HarperCollins Publishers 1992, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000, 2003, 2005
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005
(Tex) → Garn nt
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007
a. (wool, thread) → filato
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995
wool, cotton etc spun into thread. knitting-yarn; a length of yarn. draad, garing غَزْل، خَيْط مَغْزول прежда fio vlákno das Garn garn; -garn νήμαhilo lõng نخ lanka filחוט सूत, तागा pređa fonal benang spunnið garn filo 糸 (직물, 편물용의) 실 verpalai dzija yan garengarn, trådprzędza, włókno ورته، تار، سپڼسى، وريشلى، قصه، حكايت fio fir пряжа vlákno preja pređa garn เส้นด้ายหนาที่ใช้สำหรับถัก iplik 紗線 пряжа; нитка بٹا ہوا دھاگا ، ستلی وغیرہ sợi 纱线
an old word for a story or tale. He told us interesting yarns about his travels. storie حِكايَةٌ مُلَفَّقَه история história historka das Seemannsgarn historie; fortælling αφήγηση, ιστορίαcuento lugu قصه؛ حکایت tarina longue histoire סיפור, צ'יזבט किस्सा, कहानी raspredanje mese cerita (frá)saga storia 物語 이야기, 모험담 istorija, pasakojimas (garš) piedzīvojumu stāsts kisah verhaalfortelling; skrøne, røverhistorie historia قصه história poveste lungă şi încâlcită баика, небылица historka zgodba predanje [skeppar]historia นิทาน öykü masal (舊式用法) 故事 історія; казка طویل قصّے کے لۓ ایک پرانا لفظ chuyện huyên thuyên （旧式用法）故事
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.