noun \ˈchərn\

: a container in which cream is stirred or shaken to make butter

Full Definition of CHURN

:  a vessel for making butter in which milk or cream is agitated in order to separate the oily globules from the watery medium

Origin of CHURN

Middle English chyrne, from Old English cyrin; akin to Old Norse kjarni churn
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Household Terms

cruet, curiosity, duvet, fiasco, sham, taper, valance, whatnot

Rhymes with CHURN



: to stir or mix something (such as water or mud) with force

: to move in a circle

: to make (butter) by stirring or shaking cream in a churn

Full Definition of CHURN

transitive verb
:  to agitate (milk or cream) in a churn in order to make butter
a :  to stir or agitate violently <an old stern-wheeler churning the muddy river>
b :  to make (as foam) by so doing
:  to make (the account of a client) excessively active by frequent purchases and sales primarily in order to generate commissions
intransitive verb
:  to work a churn
a :  to produce, proceed with, or experience violent motion or agitation <her stomach was churning> <churning legs>
b :  to proceed by or as if by means of rotating members (as wheels or propellers) <boats churning across the harbor>

Examples of CHURN

  1. The motorboats churned the water.
  2. The water churned all around us.
  3. The wheels began to slowly churn.
  4. He showed them how to churn butter.

First Known Use of CHURN

15th century

Related to CHURN

boil, seethe, moil, roil


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