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verb not standard
  1. facetious to learn
  2. (tr) to teach (someone) a lessonthat'll larn you!
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Word Origin

C18: from a dialect form of learn
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Historical Examples

  • "You can larn it, too, if you only think so," encouraged Mrs. O'Callaghan.

    The Widow O'Callaghan's Boys

    Gulielma Zollinger

  • Wait till you get to your West P'int, and larn when and where to foight.

  • Ma'am, she'll larn manners in time—Lon'on was not built in a day.

  • Take care they're not set to larn what not to do from lookin' at you.

  • He could larn to keep books and know lumber and hardware and how to sell and how to buy.

    The Portygee

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln