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Possibly influenced by Old English læran (to teach). Compare with German lehren with identical meaning. But probably just a corruption of the Standard English learn.


larn (third-person singular simple present larns, present participle larnin, simple past and past participle larned or larnt)

  1. (Northern England) especially (Geordie) To teach or to learn.
    Larn yersel te taalk propa like!

See also[edit]

  • learn (Standard English)
  • teach (Standard English)


  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[1]