Definition of Bairnly

1. Adjective. (dialect rare) Bairnlike; childish. ¹



¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bairnly

1. childish [adj -LIER, -LIEST] - See also: childish

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bairnly

bain
bain-marie
baing
bainin
bainins
bainite
bainites
baion
bairam
bairams
bairn
bairnish
bairnlier
bairnliest
bairnlike
bairnly (current term)
bairns
baisa
baisemains
bait
bait-and-switch
bait and switch
bait box
bait car
bait casting
bait dog
baited
baiter
baiters
baitfish

Literary usage of Bairnly

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine (1874)
"You have good abilities—very good abilities—and plenty of spirit when you like ; and mind, to give all that over to play, and nonsense games, is bairnly, ..."

2. The Poems of William Dunbar by William Dunbar, George Powell McNeill (1893)
"bairnly is still used in Banffshire = showing want of pluck and energy, as—"He is a bairnly filsch o' a chiel;" and ..."

3. The Ballads of Scotland by William Edmondstoune Aytoun (1859)
"Ye'll shape it bairn and bairnly like, And in twa glazen e'en ye'll pit; And do you to your mother then, And bid her come to the Christ'ning; For dear's the ..."

4. The Best English and Scottish Ballads (1911)
"Ye shape it bairn and bairnly like, And in twa glasses e'en ye'll pit. 31. 'And do ye to your mither then, And bid her come to your boy's christ'nen, 32. ..."

5. The Ballad Book: A Selection of the Choicest British Ballads by William ed Allingham (1898)
"Ye'll shape it bairn and bairnly like, And in it twa glassen een ye'll pit. 9 'And do ye to your mither then, And bid her come to the ..."

6. Popular Ballads and Songs: From Tradition, Manuscripts and Scarce Editions by Robert Jamieson, William Randolph Hearst, James Ballantyne and Co (1806)
"Ye shape it bairn and bairnly like, And in twa glazen een ye pit; And do you to your mither then, And bid her to your boy's ..."

7. Popular Ballads and Songs: From Tradition, Manuscripts, and Scarce Editions by Robert Jamieson, Robert Jamieson, 1780?-1844 ed (1806)
"Ye shape it bairn and bairnly like, And in twa glazen een ye pit; And do you to your mither then, And bid her to your boy's ..."

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