yenning

yen

2 [yen] Informal.
noun
1.
a desire or craving: I had a yen for apple pie.
verb (used without object), yenned, yenning.
2.
to have a craving; yearn.

Origin:
1905–10, Americanism; probably < dialectal Chinese (OAGuangdong) yáhn, akin to Chinese yǐn craving, addiction


1. longing, hankering, hunger, appetite.
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yen1 (jɛn)
 
n , pl yen
the standard monetary unit of Japan, (notionally) divided into 100 sen
 
[C19: from Japanese en, from Chinese yüan circular object, dollar]

yen2 (jɛn)
 
n
1.  a passionate, ardent, or intense longing or desire
 
vb , yens, yenning, yenned
2.  (intr) to yearn
 
[perhaps from Chinese (Cantonese) yăn a craving, addiction]

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

yen
"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 Eng. by influence of yearn.
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