stepbairn

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle English stepbarn, steopbern, steopbearne, from Old English stēopbearn (stepchild), from Proto-Germanic *steupabarną (stepchild), equivalent to step- +‎ bairn. Cognate with Old High German stiofbarn (stepchild), Danish stedbarn (stepchild), Swedish styvbarn (stepchild), Icelandic stjúpbarn (stepchild).

Noun[edit]

stepbairn (plural stepbairns)

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

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