stepbairn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English steopbern, from Old English stēopbearn (stepchild), equivalent to step- +‎ bairn. Cognate with Danish stedbarn (stepchild), Swedish styvbarn (stepchild), Icelandic stjúpbarn (stepchild).

Noun[edit]

stepbairn (plural stepbairns)

  1. (UK dialectal, chiefly Scotland) A stepchild.