bairn

[bairn; Scot. beyrn]

noun Scot. and North England.

a child; son or daughter.

Nearby words

  1. bainqen lama,
  2. bairam,
  3. baird,
  4. baird mountains,
  5. baire,
  6. bairnsfather,
  7. baisa,
  8. baisakhi,
  9. bait,
  10. bait and switch

Origin of bairn

before 900; Middle English bern, barn, Old English bearn; cognate with Gothic, Old Norse, Old High German, Old Saxon, barn, Old Frisian bern, Middle Dutch baren, Albanian me barrë pregnant; akin to Lithuanian bérnas boy, fellow, bear1

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British Dictionary definitions for bairn

bairn

noun

Scot and Northern English a child

Word Origin for bairn

Old English bearn; related to bearm lap, Old Norse, Old High German barn child

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Word Origin and History for bairn

bairn

n.

"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."

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