Origin: Also earn, ern; probably a corruption of OE. Ermen to grieve, AS. Ierman, yrman, or geierman, geyrman, fr. Earm wretched, poor; akin to D. & G. Arm, Icel. Armr, Goth. Arms. The y- in English is perhaps due to the AS. Ge.
To be filled with longing desire; to be harassed or rendered uneasy with longing, or feeling the want of a thing; to strain with emotions of affection or tenderness; to long; to be eager. "Joseph made haste; for his bowels did yearn upon his brother; and he sought where to weep." (Gen. Xliii. 30) "Your mother's heart yearns towards you." (Addison)
(01 Mar 1998)
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