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A bairn, wee 'un, child or littlin is a youthie body, a lad or lass. Whiles a bairn is defined as bein a body afore the oncome o puberty, a body afore the end o puberty, a body unner the age o majority, or itherweys. The term micht can define a relationship wi a paurent or authority feegur an aw, or seegnifee group membership in a clan, tribe, or releegion; or it can seegnifee bein fell affectit by a specific time, place, or circumstance, as in "we're aw Jock Tamson's bairns" or "a child o the Saxties."[1]

The term is ailsae uised doon the northeast coast o Ingland, in Northumberland an the east of Yorkshire, but wi varied spellins an pronunciation. It can be appliet tae ony wean who hasnae reachit pubertee.

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  1. "American Heritage Dictionary". December 7, 2007.