kirn

kirn

1 [kurn; Scot. kirn] Scot. and North England.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object)
1.
to churn.
noun
2.
a churn.
Also, kern.


Origin:
1300–50; Middle English kirne (noun) < Scandinavian; compare Old Norse kirnuaskr a churn; cognate with churn

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kirn

2 [kurn; Scot. kirn]
noun Scot. and North England.
1.
a harvest celebration; a feast or party celebrating a successful harvest.
2.
the harvesting of the last handful of corn, noting either the end of the harvest season or the winning of a race against other reapers. Compare kemp1 ( def 2 ).
Also, kern, kurn.


Origin:
1770–80; origin uncertain; perhaps akin to corn1

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