verb (used without object)
Origin of yarn
Examples from the Web for yarn
Perhaps that's why Goldfarb didn't comment any further on his yarn.
I was afraid to tell my story directly, wanted to couch it in a fanciful (and imitative) yarn of sex and intrigue.‘Miracle Boy Grows Up’: Ben Mattlin Speaks to Jay McInerney|Jay McInerney|December 22, 2012|DAILY BEAST
So we learned about it when Republicans raised it, and it became the latest ball of yarn for the news media.
In other words, he took substantial liberties with the facts to improve the yarn.
I wur, an' I wurn't, which is not mebbe a very plain statement, but you kin jedge fur yourself if you care to hear my yarn.In Search of El Dorado|Alexander MacDonald
He threw the paper across to the young men to sign as witnesses, and then returned to his glass and his yarn.A Mock Idyl|Percy Ross
This man was a manufacturer of linen cloth, and used to bleach his own yarn.Yorkshire Oddities, Incidents and Strange Events|S. Baring-Gould
Starters should not wind on to bobbins when there is yarn on to piece up by.Instruction book on ring spinning|Francis L. Lincoln
I told you there was quite a yarn hitched to that smokin' business.Thankful's Inheritance|Joseph C. Lincoln
British Dictionary definitions for yarn
- to tell such a story
- to make up or relate a series of excuses
Word Origin for yarn
Word Origin and History 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.
Idioms and Phrases with yarn
see spin a yarn.