yeaned; yeaning; yeans

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young
used of a sheep or goat

Word History


Middle English yenen, from Old English *geēanian, from Old English ge-, perfective prefix + ēanian to yean; akin to Latin agnus lamb, Greek amnos

First Known Use

1548, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of yean was in 1548

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Cite this Entry

“Yean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.

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