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CHILDER, 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.2 1931:
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.

[O.Sc. has childer, childir, children, off-spring, from 1375 (D.O.S.T.). The O.E. plural was normally cild, but in late O.E. the word was partly assimilated to the neuter -os stems, making cildru, -ra, which gave Mid.Eng. childre, childer (N.E.D.).]

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"Childer n. pl.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 15 May 2021 <>



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