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nounNorthern English, Scottish
youngster, young one, little one, boy, girlView synonyms
- ‘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.’
Old English bearn, of Germanic origin; related to the verb bear.
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