- a child; son or daughter.
Origin of bairn
Examples from the Web for bairn
Hath he no the smooth face o' a bairn and the thews' o' Behemoth?'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
Too awful it is for an aged man to bide and bear, that his bairn so young rides on the gallows.Beowulf
But, at any rate, she was his wife, and the bairn would be his bairn.Is He Popenjoy?
An', to tell the truth, sir, I'm no muckle mair nor a bairn in that respeck mysel'.
"I haena seen the bairn," replied David, in repressed perturbation.
- Scot and Northern English a child
Word Origin and History for bairn
"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."