kirn

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[ kurn; Scot. kirn ]
/ kɜrn; Scot. kɪrn /
Scot. and North England
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verb (used with or without object)

to churn.

noun

a churn.
Also kern.

Origin of kirn

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

Definition for kirn (2 of 2)

kirn

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[ kurn; Scot. kirn ]
/ kɜrn; Scot. kɪrn /

noun Scot. and North England.

a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.
the harvesting of the last handful of corn, noting either the end of the harvest season or the winning of a race against other reapers.Compare kemp1(def 2).

Also kern, kurn.

Origin of kirn

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First recorded in 1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1
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