noun Scot. and North England.
Origin of bairn
Examples from the Web for bairn
Before this misadventure Nial had been what Mr. Morrison himself called "a waefu' bairn."Pharais and The Mountain Lovers|Fiona Macleod
He's a fool that marries at Yule; for when the bairn's to bear the corn's to shear.The Proverbs of Scotland|Alexander Hislop
I have had the reins since you were a bairn, and you have been a handful.Kate Carnegie and Those Ministers|Ian Maclaren
Can He no shift it frae the tae airm to the tither, but the bairn maun girn?The Elect Lady|George MacDonald
Then tha knaws ma son John, 'ee war nowt but a bairn when brether Dick took un to 'Merriky!Stories in Light and Shadow|Bret Harte
British Dictionary definitions for bairn
Word Origin for bairn
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."