[ chur-ning ]
/ ˈtʃɜr nɪŋ /


the act of a person or thing that churns.
the butter made at any one time.

Nearby words

  1. churlishly,
  2. churn,
  3. churn drill,
  4. churn molding,
  5. churn out,
  6. churr,
  7. churrasco,
  8. churrigueresque,
  9. churro,
  10. chuse

Origin of churning

First recorded in 1400–50, churning is from the late Middle English word chyrnynge. See churn, -ing1

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 churning


/ (ˈtʃɜːnɪŋ) /


the quantity of butter churned at any one time
the act, process, or effect of someone or something that churns


/ (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 churning
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