verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of churn
Synonyms for churn
Examples from the Web for churner
Historical Examples of churner
This part of the implement is known as Mantha or “the churner.”
She wears seven rings on one hand and four on another, and rustles so when she walks she sounds like a churner out of order.Mary Cary
Kate Langley Bosher
- to stir or agitate (milk or cream) in order to make butter
- to make (butter) by this process
Word Origin for churn
Old English cyrin, from Proto-Germanic *kernjon (cf. Old Norse kirna, Swedish kärna, Danish kjerne, Dutch karn, Middle High German kern); probably akin to cyrnel "kernel" (see kernel) and describing the "grainy" appearance of churned cream.
mid-15c., chyrnen, from churn (n.). Extended senses are from late 17c. Intransitive sense is from 1735. Related: Churned; churning. To churn out, of writing, is from 1902.