- thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
- a continuous strand or thread made from glass, metal, plastic, etc.
- the thread, in the form of a loosely twisted aggregate of fibers, as of hemp, of which rope is made (rope yarn).
- a tale, especially a long story of adventure or incredible happenings: He spun a yarn that outdid any I had ever heard.
- Informal. to spin a yarn; tell stories.
Origin of yarn
Examples from the Web for yarn
Perhaps that's why Goldfarb didn't comment any further on his yarn.Michael Goldfarb Doesn't Care About Facts
February 25, 2013
I was afraid to tell my story directly, wanted to couch it in a fanciful (and imitative) yarn of sex and intrigue.‘Miracle Boy Grows Up’: Ben Mattlin Speaks to Jay McInerney
December 22, 2012
So we learned about it when Republicans raised it, and it became the latest ball of yarn for the news media.Romney Takes Advantage of Democrats’ Israel Gaffe
September 6, 2012
In other words, he took substantial liberties with the facts to improve the yarn.Another Memoir Meltdown
April 18, 2011
I say, Dirk, what do you s'pose all that yarn means about to-morrow night?Ester Ried Yet Speaking
“That be damned for a yarn,” exclaimed the other in unfeigned astonishment.The Secret Agent
But what were the words he was singing, this yarn he was spinning in his song?The Harbor
The yarn from the ring frame, or mule, is wound in a large cop, or on a bobbin.
The spindles, meanwhile, are revolving rapidly, spinning the yarn.
- a continuous twisted strand of natural or synthetic fibres, used in weaving, knitting, etc
- informal a long and often involved story or account, usually telling of incredible or fantastic events
- spin a yarn informal
- to tell such a story
- to make up or relate a series of excuses
- (intr) to tell such a story or stories
Word Origin and History for yarn
Old English gearn "spun fiber," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cf. Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cf. Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.
Idioms and Phrases with yarn
see spin a yarn.