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verb (not standard)
(facetious) to learn
(transitive) to teach (someone) a lesson: that'll larn you!
Word Origin
C18: from a dialect form of learn
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  • "You can larn it, too, if you only think so," encouraged Mrs. O'Callaghan.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • Wait till you get to your West P'int, and larn when and where to foight.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • Ma'am, she'll larn manners in time—Lon'on was not built in a day.

  • Take care they're not set to larn what not to do from lookin' at you.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys Gulielma Zollinger
  • He could larn to keep books and know lumber and hardware and how to sell and how to buy.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • S'pose you go out on the edge of the timber and larn for yourselves.

    Two Boys in Wyoming Edward S. Ellis
  • Missis let Sally try to make some cake, t' other day, jes to larn her, she said.

    Uncle Tom's Cabin Harriet Beecher Stowe
  • She do want a cap'n, Jasper; one as knaws figgers, an' can larn navigation.

    The Birthright Joseph Hocking
  • Yu ha' got to larn to du 'em, Dora, don't, yer'll miss me cruel when I'm gone.

    A Sheaf of Corn Mary E. Mann
  • It was necessary for us to larn a few lessons so here we began to study.

    Black Beaver James Campbell Lewis

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