Definitions

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  • noun someone who yearns

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  • noun a person with a strong desire for something

Etymologies

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yearn +‎ -er

Examples

  • Leonard, in his 30s, can be charming enough to pass himself off as an integrated personality, and his dilemma would seem to be a familiar one -- how to choose between an alluring neurotic with a drug habit (Gwyneth Paltrow's Michelle, who lives in his building), and an attractive, earnest yearner (Vinessa Shaw's Sandra) who thinks she loves him.

    'Gomorrah': A Sinfully Fine Crime Epic

  • He was not the yearner: he was the artist, sure of his vision.

    Main Street

  • But he is really a conservative, a yearner after the good old days.

    Brief Encounter

  • He was not the yearner: he was the artist, sure of his vision.

    Main Street

  • It was even more to her than is the art-school to the yearner who has always believed that she has a talent for painting; for the yearner has, even as a child, been able to draw and daub and revel in the results; while for Una this was the first time in her life when her labor seemed to count for something.

    The Job An American Novel

  • He was not the yearner: he was the artist, sure of his vision.

    Main Street

  • Jimmy says Faithful kept yearning to go back and help; he is a good yearner, Jimmy says, and he does it by pushing his head through the collar as far as he can stretch it, and then choking.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, May 3, 1916

  • The Young Hungarian Nobleman, whose remittances have been stopped by the war, is reminiscent of the original yearner for the idyllic life.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 147, September 2nd, 1914

  • Jimmy says the butcher is a good yearner too, but he does it by going red in the face and trying to burst his collar with his neck.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 150, May 3, 1916

  • O thou yearner after the Kingdom of God! The maid-servant of God, Aseyeh, hath mentioned thy name in her letter, praising and commending thee.

    Tablets of Abdul-Baha Abbas

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