bairn

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n bairn a child: son or daughter
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Bairn bârn A child. "Has he not well provided for the bairn ?"
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n bairn A child; a son or daughter. See barn.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Bairn bārn (Scot.) a child
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Scot. bairn, AS. bearn, fr. beran, to bear; akin to Icel., OS., & Goth. barn,. See Bear to support
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. bearnberan, to bear.

Usage

In literature:

It's the blue beech gad they want; they didna get enough o't when they were bairns.
"Duncan Polite" by Marian Keith
What do they call him, my bairn, and where does he live?
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Bairns must not be allowed to study on an empty stomach.
"Literary Tours in The Highlands and Islands of Scotland" by Daniel Turner Holmes
Any bairn knows that they'll reckon to get there just before dawn.
"The Spoilers of the Valley" by Robert Watson
Oh why were all my bairns lasses?
"An Orkney Maid" by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
But, at any rate, she was his wife, and the bairn would be his bairn.
"Is He Popenjoy?" by Anthony Trollope
Every year she opens the door and turns two million wee bairns upon the world.
"St. Nicholas Magazine for Boys and Girls, Vol. V, August, 1878, No 10." by Various
Th' Virgin help ye, puir bairn!
"Carmen Ariza" by Charles Francis Stocking
I can remember Charlie as a bairn, and even then he was always into mischief.
"The Monk of Hambleton" by Armstrong Livingston
On his entrance his wife served out, in orderly sort, such dinner as she had to give him and the bairns.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
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In poetry:

Come doon and conform,
Pyke an honest worm,
And hap yer bairns frae the comin storm,
Spendrife laverock!
"The Laverock" by George MacDonald
Kneelin' aside the cairn
On the heather and thymy sod,
The place I had kenned as a bairn,
I made my peace wi' God.
""On Leave"" by John Buchan
FIRST GIRL
MALLO lero iss im bo nero!
Go where they're threshing and find me my lover,
Mallo lero iss im bo bairn!
"Girls Spinning" by Padraic Colum
"Oh, I hae pray'd, an' I sall pray
For thee baith e'en an' morn;
A dearer or a better bairn
Was ne'er o' woman born."
"Mary Lee: A Ballad" by Janet Hamilton
O keep my bairn, Nourice,
Till he gang by the hauld,
An' ye's win hame to your young son,
Ye left in four nights auld.
"The Elphin Nourrice" by Andrew Lang
"And look me out some cunning nurse;
Well nurtur'd let him bee;
Nor ought was wanting that became
A bairn of high degree.
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British