Earn vs Hearn - What's the difference?

earn | hearn |

As a verb earn

is (lb) to gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work or earn can be (uk|dialect|dated) to curdle, as milk or earn can be (obsolete) to long; to yearn.

As a noun earn

is .

As a proper noun hearn is




Etymology 1

Old English earnian


(en verb)
  • (lb) To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
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  • *:Carried somehow, somewhither, for some reason, on these surging floods, were these travelers, of errand not wholly obvious to their fellows, yet of such sort as to call into query alike the nature of their errand and their own relations. It is easily earned repetition to state that Josephine St. Auban's was a presence not to be concealed.
  • *{{quote-news, year=2011, date=November 12, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= International friendly: England 1-0 Spain , passage=England will not be catapulted among the favourites for Euro 2012 as a result of this win, but no victory against Spain is earned easily and it is right they take great heart from their efforts as they now prepare to play Sweden at Wembley on Tuesday.}}
  • (lb) To receive payment for work.
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  • (lb) To receive payment for work.
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  • (lb) To cause (someone) to receive payment or reward.
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  • (lb) To be worthy of.
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  • Synonyms
    * (gain through applied effort or work) deserve, merit, garner, win * * * (cause someone to receive payment or reward) yield, make, generate, render
    Derived terms
    * earner * earnings * earn one's keep

    Etymology 2

    Anglo-Saxon irnan to run. See rennet, and compare yearnings.


    (en verb)
  • (UK, dialect, dated) To curdle, as milk.
  • Etymology 3


    (en verb)
  • (obsolete) To long; to yearn.
  • * Spenser
  • And ever as he rode, his heart did earn / To prove his puissance in battle brave.
  • (obsolete) To grieve.
  • Etymology 4


    (en noun)
  • (Sir Walter Scott)
    (Webster 1913)


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  • (dialectal)
  • * {{quote-book, year=1857, author=S. H. Hammond, title=Wild Northern Scenes, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=I've hearn it said that when a man has eaten a hearty dinner, and goes to sleep with the hot sun pourin' right down on him, he's apt to see and hear a good many strange things before he wakes up. }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1905, author=Charles Felton Pidgin, title=Quincy Adams Sawyer and Mason's Corner Folks, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage="'Tis a trifle early, but I hearn tell that lyin' makes people hungry." }}
  • * {{quote-book, year=1910, author=Grace MacGowan Cooke, title=The Power and the Glory, chapter=, edition= citation
  • , passage=Like enough he's hearn of that silver mine, and that's the reason he's after Johnnie." }}


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