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  •     YIRN, v.¹ and sb.¹ Sc. Irel. Also written yurn Sc. (JAM.) [jərm.] 1. v. To whine, complain; to grumble; also used with at. See Girn.
        Sc. Nae mair sal Ephraim yirn at Judah, WADDELL Isaiah (1879) xi. 13. Cld. Applied to the whimpering fretfulness of a sickly child (JAM.). Gall. That day they had nathing to whine ’bout or yurn. MACTAGGART Encycl. (1824) 78, ed. 1876. N.I.¹
        2. To distort the face; to make grimaces.
            Sc. He yirned and struck back when I hit him (G.W.).
        3. sb. A complaint; a whine.
            Sc. O Lord, afore thee is a’ my yirn, WADDELL Ps. xxxviii. 9. e.Sc. The prayer o’ the Pharisee was mair worthy than sic a yirn an’ yelp as yours. SETOUN R. Urquhart (1896) xxvi.
        YIRN, v.² Sc. To twist; to entwine.
        He went to wind worsted, but it yirned and hindered him. He threw his line across the stream, but it caught a branch and got yirned (or yirned round it) (G.W.).
        YIRN, sb.² Sc. An eagle. Gall. MACTAGGART Encycl. (1824). See Erne.
        YIRN, YIRP, see Earn, v.², Yerp.

    ― Joseph Wright, ed. The English Dialect Dictionary, Vol. IV, p. 582. London: Henry Frowde, 1905. Google Books.

    January 5, 2014