- a weaver's bobbin, spool, or reel.
- a fishing reel.
Origin of pirn
1400–50; late Middle English pyrne < ?
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Examples from the Web for pirn
Na, he juist said he'd forgotten a pirn, or his cruizey lamp, or ony thing.
The first thing he saw was a half-finished reel of cotton—a pirn, he called it.Robert Falconer
"Ay, mony a pirn has 'Lisbeth filled to me," said Hendry, settling down to a reminiscence.
Fathom after fathom goes reeling from your pirn, but still you are barely able to drop the far fly into the distant curl.Wilson's Tales of the Borders and of Scotland Volume 21
So she spun at her yarn, and found more yarn on the “pirn” than she thought to find; which frightened her.Witch Stories
E. Lynn (Elizabeth Lynn) Linton
- a reel or bobbin
- (in weaving) the spool of a shuttle
- a fishing reel
C15: of uncertain origin
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