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Etymology 1[edit]



yarr (third-person singular simple present yarrs, present participle yarring, simple past and past participle yarred)

  1. (intransitive, archaic) To growl or snarl like a dog.
    • 1921, Chamber's Journal
      She yapped and yarred and ran in foolish circles, as though quarrelling with her own tail.
    • 1653, François Rabelais, Thomas Urquhart (translator), Gargantua and Pantagruel
      And when he saw that all the dogs were flocking about her, yarring at the retardment of their access to her, and every way keeping such a coil with her as they are wont to do about a proud or salt bitch, he forthwith departed []

Etymology 2[edit]


yarr (uncountable)

  1. (UK, dialect) The plant Spergula arvensis, the corn spurry.