bairn

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Etymology[edit]

Orthographic borrowing from Scots bairn, from Middle English bern, barn, from Old English bearn, from Proto-Germanic *barną. Doublet of barn. Compare West Frisian bern.

Pronunciation[edit]

In some areas (e.g. Bradford), pronounced as IPA(key): /ˈbaːn/. 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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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
    A went tae that schuil whan A wis a wee bairn an aw.
    I also went to that school when I was a young child

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  • English: bairn

Verb[edit]

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

  1. to make pregnant
    Whaiver he wis, he'd bairned her.
    Whoever he was, he'd got her pregnant.

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