What does bairn mean?

bairn meaning in General Dictionary

a kid

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  • a young child: kid
  • a kid.

bairn meaning in Etymology Dictionary

"son or daughter" (of any age), Old English bearn "kid, child, descendant," probably linked to beran ("to keep, carry, offer beginning;" see bear (v.)). Initially not chiefly Scottish, but felt as such from c.1700. It was the English kind of the original Germanic word for "kid" (see child). Dutch, Old tall German type, German type are from a prehistoric *gen-to-m "born," through the exact same root as Latin gignere. Middle English had bairn-team "brood of children."

bairn meaning in General Dictionary

(letter.) A child.