bairn

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Scots bairn, from Middle English bern, barn, from Old English bearn, from Proto-Germanic *barną. Doublet of barn.

Pronunciation[edit]

In some areas (e.g. Bradford), pronounced as IPA(key): /bɑːn/. See Etymology 2 under barn. (See page 216 in Joseph Wright's A Grammar of the Dialect of Windhill).

Noun[edit]

bairn (plural bairns)

  1. (Scotland, and parts of Northern England) A child or baby.

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References[edit]

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, →ISBN
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[2]
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • bairn” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  • bairn in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.

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Scots[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English bearn (child, son, descendant, offspring, issue, progeny) and Old Norse barn (child), both from Proto-Germanic *barną (child), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰer- (to bear, bring forth). Cognate with West Frisian bern (child), North Frisian baern, born (child), Middle High German barn (child, son, daughter), Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, Faroese and Icelandic barn (child), Albanian barrë (pregnancy, child).

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Noun[edit]

bairn (plural bairns)

  1. child

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Descendants[edit]

  • English: bairn

Verb[edit]

bairn (third-person singular present bairns, present participle bairnin, past bairnt, past participle bairnt)

  1. to make pregnant

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