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common scottish slang for a child or baby
"Aye when you were just a wee bairn I used to mind you when your mam went tae the bingo."

"I cannae believe shes pregnant - at 15 she's just a bairn herself"
by anna apple October 12, 2003
A word used in Scotland/ North East England meaning child or baby.
'She's got three bairns now.'
'I'm taking the bairn to school!'
by Yarr Harr May 24, 2007
children in scottish
'Av to collect ma bairns from da school'
by beachy April 27, 2003
Word used for fans of or players for Falkirk FC (central scotland); otherwise known as the "Falkirk Bairns"
"The wee falkirk bairns never miss a match"
by Hillimary January 26, 2008
small child; solid excretum.

cf dropping the kids at the pool.
Don't go in the loo just yet, I've just dropped a bit of a nasty bairn.
by pik@ November 09, 2003
A name given to a child in many parts of Scotland and in particular the Dundee area. A child will nearly always not be referred to by their birth name and just referred to as 'the bairn'. To differentiate between two children who each have different parents, only the names of the parent who had them will be used ie 'Tam and Elsa's bairn' or 'Liz and Steve's bairn' as if their children are no more than a personal possession.

A child may be still referred to as a bairn late into their 20s long after they have gained independence and set themselves up as an individual.
I took the bairn out to the swing park at the weekend.

Scott and Irene's bairn is starting High School next year.

Did you hear Steve and Suzy's bairn got married last week?

Mary's bairn left college last week and now she's moved into her own house.

The Broons is a comic published in Dundee about a large family They are three children in the family we never hear the names of as they are simple referred to as "the bairns" (plural).
by Goth Doll March 20, 2016

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