hirn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hirne, from Old English hyrne (horn, corner, angle), from Proto-Germanic *hurnijǭ (horn, corner, angle), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera(w)-, *ḱrū- (horn). Cognate with Old Frisian herne (horn, corner, angle), Old Norse hyrna (corner), Norwegian hyrna (corner), Icelandic hyrna (point of an axehead, mountain peak). More at horn.

Noun[edit]

hirn (plural hirns)

  1. (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) Corner; nook; hiding-place

Scots[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

hirne, hyrn, hyrne

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English hirne, from Old English hyrne (horn, corner, angle), from Proto-Germanic *hurnijǭ (horn, corner, angle), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱera(w)-, *ḱrū- (horn). Cognate with Old Frisian herne (horn, corner, angle), Norwegian hyrna (corner), Icelandic hyrna (point of an axehead, mountain peak). More at horn.

Noun[edit]

hirn (plural hirns)

  1. corner; nook
    To ilka hirn he takes his rout / And gangs just stavering about / In quest o'prey. — C. Keith.
  2. a hiding-place

Usage notes[edit]

  • Usually plural

Derived terms[edit]