[ kurn; Scots kirn ]

verb (used with or without object)
  1. to churn.

  1. a churn.

Origin of kirn

1300–50; Middle English kirne (noun) <Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kirnuaskr a churn; cognate with churn

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Other definitions for kirn (2 of 2)

[ kurn; Scots kirn ]

nounScot. and North England.
  1. a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.

  2. the harvesting of the last handful of oats, wheat, or other grain, noting either the end of the harvest season or the winning of a race against other reapers.: Compare kemp1 (def. 2).

  1. the last handful of oats, wheat, or other grain that is gathered in the harvest.

Origin of kirn

First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

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