Yearn vs Hearn - What's the difference?

yearn | hearn |

As a verb yearn

is to long, have a strong desire (for something) or yearn can be (scotland) to curdle, as milk.

As a proper noun hearn is




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





  • (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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