[ chur-ning ]
/ ˈtʃɜr nɪŋ /


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

Origin of churning

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

Definition for churning (2 of 2)

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 (1 of 2)


/ (ˈtʃɜːnɪŋ) /


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

British Dictionary definitions for churning (2 of 2)


/ (tʃɜːn) /



Derived Forms

churner, 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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