Nay, verily, I was a child before; all by-gones are but bairn's play.
Hath he no the smooth face o' a bairn and the thews' o' Behemoth?'
"We've welded America already into the clan, dear bairn," smiled Mrs. Cameron.
Too awful it is for an aged man to bide and bear, that his bairn so young rides on the gallows.
But, May, my bairn, the guid man's sleeping wi' downright fatigue.
But, at any rate, she was his wife, and the bairn would be his bairn.
Eh, but sic maun be sair affrontit wi' themsels, that disgrace at ance the wife that should hae been and the bairn that shouldna!
You forget I was but a bairn when we romped in the hay-dash.
Yes; this bairn Anne, Mrs. Ross, as you see, has been misbehaving herself.
I speired at 'im what he meant by terrifyin' a bairn, but he didna say naething.
"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."