Meaning of bairn in English:


Pronunciation /bɛːn/

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Scottish, Northern English
  • A child.

    ‘We used to mix it with that Ministry of Food orange juice the bairns were issued around the 1950s.’
    • ‘In India, of course, the problem is that they have too many bairns.’
    • ‘It was terrible what happened to those bairns,’ she said.’
    • ‘I accept at last the dreadful words of the divorce decree and agree to be as ‘one dead’ to you and the bairns.’
    • ‘Essentially, she was merely doing what high-earning parents are doing throughout Britain's university towns, jumping on the property price express as a means of helping pay for the bairns ' education.’
    youngster, young one, little one, boy, girl


Old English bearn, of Germanic origin; related to the verb bear.