• IPA(key): /ˈt͡ʃɪldə(r)/
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  1. (Ireland, obsolete elsewhere) plural of child
    • 1906, Halliwell Sutcliffe, A Benedick in Arcady:
      Parents, I've noticed, have a trick of saying their prayers through their childer on weathersome days.

childer (plural childers)

  1. (Ireland, Northern England) A child.
    • 1839, Abel BYWATER, The Sheffield Dialect. [A Series of Papers in that Dialect, with a Glossary.], page 223:
      As yo ma be quoit shure where there's agret family a childer, a wumman's loik tubbe varra throng ina monin
    • 1894, Emily Lawless, Maelcho: A Sixteenth Century Narrative:
      Aye has he, Dan'l Drax, so do ee larn him what cums to they as lets off rebels. He be safter nor turnips, nor boiled turnips, so he be. Was blubberin' while back over yon rebel an'a childer !
    • 1899, Frederick R. Smith, Doxie Dent: A Clog-shop Chronicle
      Ay, a childer's class, tha' knows — a Katty — Katty — Aw dunna know wot they caw'n it.
    • 2003 September 13, Guy King, “Re: Hi from Kran”, in uk.rec.sheds, Usenet[1]:
      Yebbut...she ain't a childer any more...she's stuck in no-mans-land for the next few years.

Related termsEdit

Further readingEdit

  • Merriam-Webster's Third New International Dictionary, Unabridged Accessed 23 Feb. 2006.
  • The O'Byrne Files, "Dublin Slang Dictionary" Accessed 23 Feb. 2006.


Middle EnglishEdit



  1. Alternative form of childre