Yearn vs Discontent - What's the difference?

yearn | discontent |

As verbs the difference between yearn and discontent

is that yearn is to long, have a strong desire (for something) or yearn can be (scotland) to curdle, as milk while discontent is to deprive of contentment; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy.

As a noun discontent is


As an adjective discontent is

not content; discontented; dissatisfied.



Etymology 1

From (etyl) giernan, from (etyl) .


(en verb)
  • To long, have a strong desire (for something).
  • * All I yearn for is a simple life.
  • To long for something in the past with melancholy, nostalgically
  • To be pained or distressed; to grieve; to mourn.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Falstaff he is dead, and we must yearn therefore.
  • To pain; to grieve; to vex.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It would yearn your heart to see it.
  • * Shakespeare
  • It yearns me not if men my garments wear.
    Derived terms
    () * yearner * yearnful * yearnly * yearning * yearnsome * yearny

    Etymology 2

    See .


    (en verb)
  • (Scotland) To curdle, as milk.
  • Anagrams





    (en noun)
  • Dissatisfaction.
  • A longing for better times or circumstances.
  • * "Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this son of York" Richard III, Act 1, Scene I Shakespeare
  • A discontented person. (see also malcontent ).
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To deprive of contentment; to make uneasy; to dissatisfy.
  • Adjective

    (en adjective)
  • Not content; discontented; dissatisfied.
  • (Jeremy Taylor)
  • * Bunyan
  • Passion seemed to be much discontent , but Patience was very quiet.