Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See kern.
  • Same as kern for churn.
  • In mining, to bore with a hand-jumper or kirner.

Etymologies

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Examples

  • In some parts of Scotland, as well as in the north of England, the last handful of corn cut on the harvest-field was called the kirn, and the person who carried it off was said “to win the kirn.

    Chapter 45. The Corn-Mother and the Corn-Maiden in Northern Europe

  • In some parts of Scotland, as well as in the north of England, the last handful of corn cut on the harvest-field was called the kirn, and the person who carried it off was said "to win the kirn."

    The Golden Bough: A Study in Magic and Religion

  • At length the harvest was finished; or, as the phrase of the district was, clyack was gotten -- a phrase with the derivation, or even the exact meaning of which, I am unacquainted; knowing only that it implies something in close association with the feast of harvest-home, called the kirn in other parts of Scotland.

    David Elginbrod

  • By dint of assiduous research I am enabled to certiorate the reader, that the name of this person was Saunders Broadfoot, and that he dealt in the wholesome commodity called kirn-milk (_Anglic, _ butter-milk).

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • * By dint of assiduous research I am enabled to certiorate the reader, that the name of this person was Saunders Broadfoot, and that he dealt in the wholesome commodity called kirn-milk (_Anglice ', _ butter-milk).

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian, Complete

  • In some parts of Scotland, as well as in the north of England, the last handful of corn cut on the harvest-field was called the kirn, and the person who carried it off was said “to win the kirn.”

    The Golden Bough : a study of magic and religion

  • By dint of assiduous research I am enabled to certiorate the reader, that the name of this person was Saunders Broadfoot, and that he dealt in the wholesome commodity called kirn-milk (Anglice’, butter-milk). —

    The Heart of Mid-Lothian

  • 'kirn' is due to the fact that a churnful of cream is a feature of the night's entertainment.

    Marmion

  • He is going to be in real deep kirn chee when word of this gets back to Admin.

    Knight Of Ghosts And Shadows

  • "This is where the kirn starts," and looking over my shoulder as I ran

    The McBrides A Romance of Arran

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