(Ear"mark`), v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earmarked ; p. pr. & vb. n. Earmarking.] To mark, as
sheep, by cropping or slitting the ear.
(Earn) n. (Zoöl.) See Ern, n. Sir W. Scott.
(Earn) v. t. [imp. & p. p. Earned ; p. pr. & vb. n. Earning.] [AS. earnian; akin to OHG. arnn
to reap, aran harvest, G. ernte, Goth. asans harvest, asneis hireling, AS. esne; cf. Icel. önn working
1. To merit or deserve, as by labor or service; to do that which entitles one to
The high reputeMilton.
Which he through hazard huge must earn.
2. To acquire by labor, service, or performance; to deserve and receive as compensation or wages; as, to
earn a good living; to earn honors or laurels.
I earn that [what] I eat.Shak.
The bread I have earned by the hazard of my life or the sweat of my brow.Burke. Earned run (Baseball), a run which is made without the assistance of errors on the opposing side.
Syn. See Obtain.
(Earn) v. t. & i. [See 1st Yearn.] To grieve. [Obs.]
(Earn), v. i. [See 4th Yearn.] To long; to yearn. [Obs.]
And ever as he rode, his heart did earnSpenser.
To prove his puissance in battle brave.
(Earn), v. i. [AS. irnan to run. &radic11. See Rennet, and cf. Yearnings.] To curdle, as milk.
(Ear"nest) n. [AS. eornost, eornest; akin to OHG. ernust, G. ernst; cf. Icel. orrosta battle,
perh. akin to Gr. to excite, L. oriri to rise.] Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.
Take heed that this jest do not one day turn to earnest.Sir P. Sidney.
And given in earnest what I begged in jest.Shak. In earnest, serious; seriously; not in jest; earnestly.
1. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty;
used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers.
An earnest advocate to plead for him.Shak.
2. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
3. Serious; important. [Obs.]
They whom earnest lets do often hinder.Hooker.
Syn. Eager; warm; zealous; ardent; animated; importunate; fervent; sincere; serious; hearty; urgent. See