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EtymologyEdit

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

PronunciationEdit

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).

NounEdit

bairn (plural bairns)

  1. (Scotland, and parts of Northern England) A child or baby.
    • 1902, John Buchan, The Outgoing of the Tide
      She moved about the country like a ghost, gathering herbs in dark loanings, lingering in kirkyairds, and casting a blight on innocent bairns.

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ScotsEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Middle English barn, bern, from Old English bearn (child, son, descendant, offspring, issue, progeny) and Old Norse barn (child), 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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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

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bairn (third-person singular simple present bairns, present participle bairnin, simple 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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