Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)

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BAIRNHEID, BAIRNHEED, BAIRNHOOD, n. Childhood. [bernhid] Sc.(E) 1879 P. H. Waddell Isaiah xlvii. 15:
Frae yer bairn-heid [A.V. youth] an' a', yer trokers a', ilk ane till his howff, they sal slip awa.
Abd.(D) 1921 Weekly Press (21 Dec.) 2/1:
An' gars ye min' on th' days o' yer bairnheed, an' fin ye wis a loon at th' skweel.
Ags. 1866 R. Leighton Poems (1869) 343:
As I think upo' my bairnhood — a short-lived sunnie day.
Edb. 1916 T. W. Paterson The Wyse-Sayin's o' Solomon xxii. 6:
Airt a bairn's bairnheid in the richt gate, An' he'll haud on till't till he's auld an' grey-heidit.

[O.Sc. barnehede, etc., childhood; childishness. Bairnhood is due to influence of Eng. childhood.]

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