ern

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Alteration of erne

Noun[edit]

ern (plural erns)

  1. Alternative spelling of erne.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English ernen, from Old English irnan, iernan (to run, move quickly), metathetic variant of rinnan (to run). More at run.

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Verb[edit]

ern (third-person singular simple present erns, present participle erning, simple past and past participle erned)

  1. (UK dialectal) To run; flow.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) To (cause to) coagulate; curdle (milk) by adding rennet and applying heat.

Etymology 3[edit]

Of obscure origin. Perhaps an alteration of erme, from Middle English ermen, from Old English yrman, ierman. Compare also Old Scots urn, uren. More at erme.

Verb[edit]

ern (third-person singular simple present erns, present participle erning, simple past and past participle erned)

  1. (intransitive, obsolete) To stir with strong emotion; grieve; mourn.
  2. (UK dialectal, Scotland) To pain; torture.
  3. (UK dialectal, Scotland) (of the eyes) To cause to water; smart.
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Adjective[edit]

ern (comparative ernari, superlative ernastur)

  1. brisk, active

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