yearny

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From yearn +‎ -y.

Adjective[edit]

yearny (comparative yearnier or more yearny, superlative yearniest or most yearny)

  1. Indicating strong desire, passion, or longing; eager.
    • 2003, Jennifer Donnelly, A Northern Light:
      It was beautiful and made me feel yearny for home.
    • 2011, Anthony Burgess, A Clockwork Orange:
      I was slooshying more like malenky romantic songs, what they call Lieder, just a goloss and a piano, very quiet and like yearny, different from when it had been all bolshy orchestras and me lying on the bed between [...]
  2. Overly desirous; sentimental.
    • 2009, Stefan Kanfer, Somebody: The Reckless Life and Remarkable Career of Marlon Brando:
      "Long Ago and Far Away," "Sentimental Journey": "Never thought my heart could be so yearny, Why did I decide to roam? Gotta take that sentimental journey, Sentimental journey home."
    • 2011, Jill Mansell, To The Moon and Back:
      Apart from the pathetic yearny crush bit, obviously.