Nearby words

  1. churidars,
  2. churinga,
  3. churl,
  4. churlish,
  5. churlishly,
  6. churn drill,
  7. churn molding,
  8. churn out,
  9. churning,
  10. churr

Origin of churn

before 1000; Middle English chirne (noun), Old English cyrne cyr(i)n; cognate with Middle Low German kerne, Old Norse kjarni, kirna

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British Dictionary definitions for churn out

churn out

verb (tr, adverb) informal

to produce (something) at a rapid rateto churn out ideas
to perform (something) mechanicallyto churn out a song


/ (tʃɜːn) /



Derived Formschurner, noun

Word Origin for churn

Old English ciern; related to Old Norse kjarni, Middle Low German kerne churn, German dialect Kern cream

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Word Origin and History for churn out
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Idioms and Phrases with churn out

churn out

Produce in an abundant and automatic manner, as in He churned out a novel every six months. This idiom transfers the turning of milk into butter to other kinds of production. [Early 1900s]

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