- 1[intransitive, transitive] if water, mud, etc. churns, or if something churns it (up), it moves or is moved around violently churn (up) The water churned beneath the huge ship. churn something (up) Vast crowds had churned the field into a sea of mud.
- 2[intransitive, transitive] churn (something) if your stomach churns or if something churns your stomach, you feel a strong, unpleasant feeling of worry, disgust or fear My stomach churned as the names were read out. See related entries: Disgust, Fear
- 3[intransitive, transitive] churn (somebody) (up) to feel or to make somebody feel upset or emotionally confused Conflicting emotions churned inside him.
- 4[transitive] churn something to turn and stir milk in a special container in order to make butter Word Origin Old English cyrin, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German kerne and Old Norse kirna. Phrasal Verbschurn somethingout
BrE BrE//tʃɜːn//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrn//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they churn
BrE BrE//tʃɜːn//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrn//he / she / it churns
BrE BrE//tʃɜːnz//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrnz//past simple churned
BrE BrE//tʃɜːnd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrnd//past participle churned
BrE BrE//tʃɜːnd//; NAmE NAmE//tʃɜːrnd//-ing form churning
BrE BrE//ˈtʃɜːnɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtʃɜːrnɪŋ//Disgust, Fear