bairn

[ bairn; Scot. beyrn ]SEE DEFINITION OF bairn
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Hath he no the smooth face o' a bairn and the thews' o' Behemoth?'

Too awful it is for an aged man to bide and bear, that his bairn so young rides on the gallows.

But, at any rate, she was his wife, and the bairn would be his bairn.

An', to tell the truth, sir, I'm no muckle mair nor a bairn in that respeck mysel'.

"I haena seen the bairn," replied David, in repressed perturbation.

I was not old, in heart—it pattered like a bairn's steps to every glimpse and sentence of her.

You forget I was but a bairn when we romped in the hay-dash.

The bairn joined in her tears till M'Iver took it in his arms.

I speired at 'im what he meant by terrifyin' a bairn, but he didna say naething.

He raised his heid when he heard me tellin' the bairn no to tear my wrapper.

WORD ORIGIN

"child" (of any age), Old English bearn "child, son, descendant," probably related to beran ("to bear, carry, give birth;" see bear (v.)). Originally not chiefly Scottish, but felt as such from c.1700. This was the English form of the original Germanic word for "child" (see child). Dutch, Old High German kind, German Kind are from a prehistoric *gen-to-m "born," from the same root as Latin gignere. Middle English had bairn-team "brood of children."

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