[kurn; Scot. kirn]Scot. and North England
- to churn.
- a churn.
Origin of kirn1
1300–50; Middle English kirne (noun) < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kirnuaskr a churn; cognate with churn
[kurn; Scot. kirn]
- a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.
- the harvesting of the last handful of corn, noting either the end of the harvest season or the winning of a race against other reapers.Compare kemp1(def 2).
Origin of kirn2
First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1
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Examples from the Web for kirn
In Lost in the Meritocracy, Kirn charts how the economics of privilege taunt him at every turn in Princeton.This Week’s Hot Reads: March 10, 2014
March 10, 2014
Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford on a scholarship from the Keasby Foundation.George Clooney Saved My Novel
December 9, 2009
Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford on a scholarship from the Keasbey Foundation.The Night I Joined the Upper Class
May 19, 2009
Kirn is a graduate of Princeton University and attended Oxford University on a scholarship from the Keasbey Foundation.How I Lost My Mind at Princeton
May 19, 2009
Learn the cat the road to the kirn, and she'll aye be lickin'.The Proverbs of Scotland
Nor was the good old custom of the Kirn omitted at Abbotsford.Abbotsford
No man can seek his marrow in the Kirn, so weil as he that hes bin in it himself.A Collection of Scotch Proverbs
There was the kirn, which, in its present denuded state, told an ugly tale.
She had just filled her kirn, and there was still some cream standing in the bottom of her cream jar.The Scottish Fairy Book
Elizabeth W. Grierson