bairn

EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit

EtymologyEdit

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.

PronunciationEdit

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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)

NounEdit

bairn (plural bairns)

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

SynonymsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  • The New Geordie Dictionary, Frank Graham, 1987, ISBN 0946928118
  • Newcastle 1970s, Scott Dobson and Dick Irwin, [1]
  • Northumberland Words, English Dialect Society, R. Oliver Heslop, 1893–4[2]
  • Todd's Geordie Words and Phrases, George Todd, Newcastle, 1977[3]
  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • bairn” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
  • bairn in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913

AnagramsEdit


ScotsEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bairn (plural bairns)

  1. child

Derived termsEdit

VerbEdit

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

  1. to make pregnant
Last modified on 6 April 2014, at 23:08