churn [churn] /tʃɜrn/ Show IPA
verb phrase 1
a container or machine in which cream or milk is agitated to make butter.
any of various containers or machines similar in shape or action to a butter churn, as a device for mixing beverages.
British. a large milk can.
an act of churning stocks by a stockbroker.
verb (used with object)
to agitate in order to make into butter:
to churn cream.
to make (butter) by the agitation of cream.
to shake or agitate with violence or continued motion:
The storm churned the sea.
(of a stockbroker) to trade (a customer's securities) excessively in order to earn more in commissions.
verb (used without object)
to move or shake in agitation, as a liquid or any loose matter:
The leaves churned along the ground.
(of a stockbroker) to engage in the practice of churning.
to produce mechanically, hurriedly, or routinely:
He was hired to churn out verses for greeting cards.
before 1000; Middle English chirne (noun), Old English cyrne cyr(i)n; cognate with Middle Low German kerne, Old Norse kjarni, kirna
unchurn, verb (used with object)
7. whip, toss, convulse.