A Word A Day : Yearn
Thursday, 8th November 2007 : Today's Word is ...
( Verb )
(past and past participle : yearned - present participle - yearning - 3rd person present singular : yearns)
Pronunciation : yurn
1. to have a strong desire for somebody or something, especially when the desire is tinged with sadness
2. to feel affection, tenderness, or compassion
3. have affection for, feel tenderness for
Old English - giernan - Indo-European - to want
desire, long, crave, ache, hanker, want, covet, hunger, thirst
• Because I've a soul that doesn't yearn
for a man for master?
• My dear limbs yearn
not to stay in the sacred streets of Cyme, but rather my great heart urges me to go unto another country, small though I am.
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