Old English scearn "dung, muck," from Proto-Germanic *skarnom- (cf. Old Frisian skern, Old Norse skarn, Danish skarn), a past participle form from *sker- "to cut" (see shear). Cf. Old English scearnbudda "dung beetle," and Scottish Sharnie "a name given to the person who cleans a cow-house" [Jamieson].

Nearby words

  1. shark watcher,
  2. sharkskin,
  3. sharksucker,
  4. sharleen,
  5. sharm al-sheikh,
  6. sharon,
  7. sharon fruit,
  8. sharon, ariel,
  9. sharonville,
  10. sharp

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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