Nay, verily, I was a child before; all by-gones are but bairn's play.
"I don't so very well like the look o' the bairn," she said, surveying him carefully.
"We've welded America already into the clan, dear bairn," smiled Mrs. Cameron.
Madam was wantin' a last look at her bairn—eh, she did, poor thing!
But, May, my bairn, the guid man's sleeping wi' downright fatigue.
Gie a bairn his will, and a whelp its fill, and nane o' them will e'er do weel.
Eh, but sic maun be sair affrontit wi' themsels, that disgrace at ance the wife that should hae been and the bairn that shouldna!
Were you sighing because so many of your years lie behind you, my bairn?
Yes; this bairn Anne, Mrs. Ross, as you see, has been misbehaving herself.
Hath he no the smooth face o' a bairn and the thews' o' Behemoth?'
"child" (of any age), Old English bearn "child, son, descendant," probably related to beran ("to bear, carry, give birth;" see bear (v.)). Originally not chiefly Scottish, but felt as such from c.1700. This was the English form of the original Germanic word for "child" (see child). Dutch, Old High German kind, German Kind are from a prehistoric *gen-to-m "born," from the same root as Latin gignere. Middle English had bairn-team "brood of children."