Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
CHILDER, n.pl. Sc. form of Eng. children. Known to Abd.9, Slg.3 1940. Found also in Eng. dial. (E.D.D.). [′tʃɪldər]
Sc. 1818 S. E. Ferrier Marriage II. xi.:
They ne'er presumed to say their heeds war their ain i' thae days — wife an' servants — reteeners an' childer, aw trummelt i' the presence o' their heed. Ork. 1931 2 :
In Ork. childer is never used: it always has the -s attached. It is sometimes used for older folks than children, but if so, consciously, I think. That is — it is used metaphorically. Edb. 1773 R. Fergusson Sc. Poems (1925) 35:
Bedown Leith-walk what burrochs reel . . . That gar their wives an' childer feel Toom weyms for their libation O' drink thir days. wm.Sc. 1835–1837 Laird of Logan I. 279:
Baith my childer, son and dochter. Ayr. a.1839 Galt Howdie and other Tales (1923) 3:
When my gudeman departed this life, he left me with a heavy handful of seven childer, the youngest but a baby at the breast and the elder, a lassie, scant of eight years old.
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