Earn vs Yarn - What's the difference?

earn | yarn |


As verbs the difference between earn and yarn

is that 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 while yarn is to tell a story.

As nouns the difference between earn and yarn

is that earn is while yarn is (uncountable) a twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.

earn

English

Etymology 1

Old English earnian

Verb

(en verb)
  • (lb) To gain (success, reward, recognition) through applied effort or work.
  • :
  • *
  • *: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.

    Verb

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

    Verb

    (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

    Noun

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

    Anagrams

    * 1000 English basic words ----

    yarn

    English

    Noun

  • (uncountable) A twisted strand of fiber used for knitting or weaving.
  • (nautical) Bundles of fibers twisted together, and which in turn are twisted in bundles to form strands, which in their turn are twisted or plaited to form rope.
  • (countable) A story, a tale, especially one that is incredible.
  • * , chapter=4
  • , title= Mr. Pratt's Patients , passage=I told him about everything I could think of; and what I couldn't think of he did. He asked about six questions during my yarn , but every question had a point to it. At the end he bowed and thanked me once more. As a thanker he was main-truck high; I never see anybody so polite.}}

    Synonyms

    * (story or tale) story, tale

    Derived terms

    * yarn-beam * yarn-spinner * yarnwindle

    See also

    * hank * twine

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • to tell a story
  • Derived terms

    * yarner

    Anagrams

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