- See under yarn(def 3).
Origin of rope yarn
- thread made of natural or synthetic fibers and used for knitting and weaving.
- a continuous strand or thread made from glass, metal, plastic, etc.
- the thread, in the form of a loosely twisted aggregate of fibers, as of hemp, of which rope is made (rope yarn).
- a tale, especially a long story of adventure or incredible happenings: He spun a yarn that outdid any I had ever heard.
- Informal. to spin a yarn; tell stories.
Origin of yarn
Examples from the Web for rope yarn
Historical Examples of rope yarn
The Kensington was dismasted, and had to return to refit, but we did not part a rope-yarn.Ned Myers
James Fenimore Cooper
Not a man of us turns to, unless you swear not to raise a rope-yarn against us.Moby Dick; or The Whale
Hand me an oar and a boat-hook,” he exclaimed, “and some rope-yarn.Marmaduke Merry
William H. G. Kingston
See, Tommy; I have found this key fastened with a rope-yarn round his neck.Sunshine Bill
W H G Kingston
Dick and I were at work on the bowsprit, I sitting by him, holding the rope-yarn and grease-pot.Charley Laurel
W. H. G. Kingston
- the natural or synthetic fibres out of which rope is made
- a continuous twisted strand of natural or synthetic fibres, used in weaving, knitting, etc
- informal a long and often involved story or account, usually telling of incredible or fantastic events
- spin a yarn informal
- to tell such a story
- to make up or relate a series of excuses
- (intr) to tell such a story or stories
Word Origin for yarn
Old English gearn "spun fiber," from Proto-Germanic *garnan (cf. Old Norse, Old High German, German garn, Middle Dutch gaern, Dutch garen "yarn"), from PIE root *ghere- "intestine, gut, entrail" (cf. Old Norse gorn "gut," Sanskrit hira "vein; entrails," Latin hernia "rupture," Greek khorde "intestine, gut-string," Lithuanian zarna "gut"). The phrase to spin a yarn "to tell a story" is first attested 1812, from a sailors' expression, on notion of telling stories while engaged in sedentary work such as yarn-twisting.
see spin a yarn.