bairn
noun Etymology: Middle English bern, barn, from Old English bearn & Old Norse barn; akin to Old High German barn child Date: before 12th century chiefly Scottish child

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  • bairn — bairn; bairn·ie; bairn·ish; bairn·ly; bairn·time; bairn·team; …   English syllables

  • Bairn — (b[^a]rn), n. [Scot. bairn, AS. bearn, fr. beran to bear; akin to Icel., OS., & Goth. barn. See {Bear} to support.] A child. [Scot. & Prov. Eng.] [1913 Webster] Has he not well provided for the bairn? Beau. & Fl. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bairn — est un personnage de l univers de Spawn. Alors qu il était encore jeune et brave, il promit à Neva, la jeune femme qu il aimait, qu il reviendrait de la guerre où il devait aller pour faire d elle sa femme. Lors de cette guerre, Bairn fut tué et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • bairn — child (of any age), O.E. bearn child, son, descendant, probably related to beran ( bear (v.), carry, give birth; see BEAR (Cf. bear) (v.)). Originally not chiefly Scottish, but felt as such from c.1700. M.E. had bairn team brood of children …   Etymology dictionary

  • bairn — /bairn/; Scot. /bayrddn/, n. Scot. and North Eng. a child; son or daughter. [bef. 900; ME bern, barn, OE bearn; c. Goth, ON, OHG, OS, barn, OFris bern, MD baren, Albanian me barrë pregnant; akin to Lith bérnas boy, fellow, BEAR1] * * * …   Universalium

  • bairn — [beən US bern] n a baby or child used in Scotland …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • bairn — [ bern ] noun count SCOTTISH a baby or child …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • bairn — ► NOUN chiefly Scottish & N. English ▪ a child. ORIGIN Old English …   English terms dictionary

  • bairn — [bern] n. [ME bearn < OE < beran,BEAR1] Scot. a son or daughter; child …   English World dictionary

  • bairn —    One would expect the user of bairn to be Scottish or from the North of England, though this word for child was once in general use. Shakespeare used it in The Winter’s Tale, spelling it ‘barne’. The Oxford English Dictionary makes the… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • bairn — [[t]be͟ə(r)n[/t]] bairns N COUNT A bairn is a child. [SCOTTISH] He s a lovely bairn …   English dictionary

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