a. A continuous strand of twisted threads of natural or synthetic fibers, such as wool or nylon, used in weaving or knitting.
b. A similar strand of other materials such as glass or plastic.
2. Informal A long, often elaborate narrative of real or fictitious adventures; an entertaining tale.
intr.v. yarned, yarn·ing, yarns
To tell an entertaining tale or series of tales.
[Middle English, from Old English gearn; see gherə- in the Appendix of Indo-European roots.]
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