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Definitions of yarn

  1. To tell an unlikely story. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  2. tell or spin a yarn Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. Spun wool; woolen thread; also, thread of other material, as of cotton, flax, hemp, or silk; material spun and prepared for use in weaving, knitting, manufacturing sewing thread, or the like. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One of the threads of which the strands of a rope are composed. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. A story told by a sailor for the amusement of his companions; a story or tale; as, to spin a yarn. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. Heavy thread spun out of wool; colloquially, an unlikely or exaggerated story, especially a tale of sea life. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  7. Spun thread: one of the threads of a rope: a sailor's story (spun out to some length). The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  8. Spun thread: a tale or narration. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  9. Spun fiber, as for knitting, etc.; loosely, thread. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  10. A long extravagant story. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Spun thread; in rope-making, one of the threads of which a rope is composed; a story spun out by a sailor for the amusement of his companions. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. Wool spun into thread fit for the weaver; the thread spun loosely from such substances as cotton, flax, and hemp; one of the strands of a rope; among seamen, a familiar term for a story spun out by a sailor for the amusement of his messmates, who is said then to spin a yarn. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for yarn

  1. An artist had told him a yarn he said, which he had considered the most amusing thing in the world. – Mark Twain, A Biography, 1835-1910, Complete The Personal And Literary Life Of Samuel Langhorne Clemens by Albert Bigelow Paine Last Updated: February 20, 2009
  2. This is the one yarn I want to write myself! – Behind the Green Door by Mildred A. Wirt
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