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[yen] /yɛn/ Informal.
a desire or craving:
I had a yen for apple pie.
verb (used without object), yenned, yenning.
to have a craving; yearn.
dialectal Chinese
1905-10, Americanism; probably < dialectal Chinese (OAGuangdong) yáhn, akin to Chinese yǐn craving, addiction
1. longing, hankering, hunger, appetite. Unabridged
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British Dictionary definitions for yenned


noun (pl) yen
the standard monetary unit of Japan, (notionally) divided into 100 sen
Word Origin
C19: from Japanese en, from Chinese yüan circular object, dollar


a passionate, ardent, or intense longing or desire
verb yens, yenning, yenned
(intransitive) to yearn
Word Origin
perhaps from Chinese (Cantonese) yăn a craving, addiction
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Word Origin and History for yenned



Japanese monetary unit, 1875, from Japanese yen, from Chinese yuan "round, round object, circle, dollar."

"sharp desire, hunger," 1906, earlier yin "intense craving for opium" (1876), from Chinese (Cantonese) yan "craving," or from a Beijing dialect word for "smoke." Reinforced in English by influence of yearn.

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Slang definitions & phrases for yenned

yellow sunshine

noun phrase

acid, lsd (1960s+ Narcotics)

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Encyclopedia Article for yenned


monetary unit of Japan. The yen was divided into 100 sen and into 1,000 rin until 1954, when these tiny denominations were removed from circulation. Despite having suffered enormous devastation during World War II, Japan enjoyed an economic miracle in the second half of the 20th century, during which time the yen became one of the leading international currencies, challenging the pound sterling and the dollar on international markets. The yen's symbol is . The name yen derives from an ancient term for Chinese round coins (yuan).

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