Knave-bairn

Definitions

  • Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Knave-bairn a male child
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. cnafa, cnapa, a boy, a youth; Ger. knabe, knappe.

Usage

In literature:

An auld knave's nae bairn.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop
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In poetry:

About the tenth hour of the night,
The ladie's bowr door was broken,
An eer the first hour of the day
The bonny knave bairn was gotten.
"Rose The Red And White Lily" by Andrew Lang