bairn

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Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*bʰer-

From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English (Anglian dialect) bearn ‎(child, son, descendant, offspring, issue, prodigy) 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), Swedish, barn ‎(child), Norwegian barn ‎(child), Icelandic barn ‎(child), Albanian barrë ‎(pregnancy, child). See also barn.

Pronunciation[edit]

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  • IPA: /bɛərn/ (Scotland)
  • IPA: /bɛəʀn/ (Northumberland)
  • IPA: /bɛəɹn/ (UK - rhotic)
  • IPA|: /bɛən/ (UK - non-rhotic)
  • IPA: /bɛɚn/ (US, Canada, Ireland, West Country)

Noun[edit]

bairn ‎(plural bairns)

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

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Etymology[edit]

PIE root
*bʰer-
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Noun[edit]

bairn (plural bairns)

  1. child

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Verb[edit]

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

  1. to make pregnant