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Barnage, n.2 Also: barneage, -aige, bernage, bairneage. [ME. barnage (14th c.), f. Barne n. The ending may be either the suffix -age (cf. Barnagen.1) or Age n.]

1. Childhood; youth. c1400 Troy-bk. ii. 2405.
Lycomeid … Had norysed him in his barnage And brocht him wp of tender age
1461 Liber Plusc. 396.
Quhair is … thi gold and thi riches, That to thé sparit was in thi tendir age, … Thé to supplé at neid in thi barnage
a1500 Bernardus 386.
Better is scalynge of thar barnagis … Na to dewyde thar heritagis
a1500 Henr. Orph. 465 (348).
The first [dede] is in the tendir yong barnage [B. bernage]. The secund dede is in the medill age
a1500 Seven S. 122.
I am of age, And a ȝoung wyf in hir barnage Mycht be the caus to abrek my lyf
1513 Doug. v. Prol. 25.
Quha lauchis not, … in thar barnage, Genyus, the God, delytyth not thar tabill
1562-3 Winȝet II. 49/15; Ib. 58/7.
Porphyrius … almaist in his barneage, passit to Alexandria
1570 Sat. P. xiii. 133.
Thir are ȝour warks euin fra ȝour first barnage
1640 Kirkcaldy Presb. 172.
His Laday … had the care of the upbringing of the said Anna since hir bairneage

2. Childishness. a1500 Bernardus 50.
To mak fest … and hee costage And sumpteus spens is foly and barnage

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