Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Same as quern.
  • noun A grain; a corn.
  • noun A small quantity; an indefinite number.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • He also said “curn” instead of “coin” and “bat-tree” when he meant battery.

    Hurricane

  • Only mind, if you will forgive me, my lord — mind to spice high with Latin; a curn or two of Greek would not be amiss; and, if you can bring in any thing about the judgment of Solomon, in the original Hebrew, and season with a merry jest or so, the dish will be the more palatable. —

    The Fortunes of Nigel

  • And at the same time, while he is saying that, the Israeli army is taking still very forceful measures, and continuing to take very forceful measures in trying to curn what the Israelis see as the ongoing Palestinians challenge to them on the streets.

    CNN Transcript - Breaking News: U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak Hold News Briefing of Efforts to Ease Mideast Tensions - October 10, 2000

  • A gude curn wives were oot waitin 'their tatties, an' they roared to Sandy to stop; but Sandy cudna.

    My Man Sandy

  • A foll curn fowk startit to the lauchin 'when Sandy said this; but, faigs, mind ye, the lassie fairly astonished me.

    My Man Sandy

  • But a curn o’ hired widdifu’s, wears belted plaids.

    The Baron of Brackley

  • [5] 'Shortly shank a curn' -- speedily knit a few pairs.

    Our Home in the Silver West A Story of Struggle and Adventure

  • "I was ance gain to speir what was the matter, but I saw a curn o 'camla-like fallows wi' them, an 'I thought they were a' fremit to me, an 'sae they might eat ither as Towy's hawks did, for onything that I cared."

    The Proverbs of Scotland

  • Trumbull, 'said mine host;' and ye shall hang me over the signpost if there be a drap mair lemon or a curn less sugar than just suits you.

    Redgauntlet

  • Only mind, if you will forgive me, my lord -- mind to spice high with Latin; a curn or two of Greek would not be amiss; and, if you can bring in any thing about the judgment of Solomon, in the original Hebrew, and season with

    The Fortunes of Nigel

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