Definitions

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Aman-child.

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Examples

  • "And who dared buy the estate, when the bonny knave-bairn that heirs it may any day come back to claim his ain?"

    Red Cap Tales Stolen from the Treasure Chest of the Wizard of the North

  • And when he came back, he tell’d the Laird, that the Evil One wad have power over the knave-bairn that was that night born, and he charged him that the babe should be bred up in the ways of piety, and that he should hae a godly minister at his elbow, to pray wi’ the bairn and for him.

    Chapter XI

  • And when he came back he tell'd the Laird that the Evil One wad have power over the knave-bairn that was that night born, and he charged him that the babe should be bred up in the ways of piety, and that he should aye hae a godly minister at his elbow to pray WI 'the bairn and FOR him.

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • 'Sell'd!' echoed the gipsy, with something like a scream; 'and wha durst buy Ellangowan that was not of Bertram's blude? and wha could tell whether the bonny knave-bairn may not come back to claim his ain? wha durst buy the estate and the castle of Ellangowan?'

    Guy Mannering — Complete

  • And when he came back he tell'd the Laird that the Evil One wad have power over the knave-bairn that was that night born, and he charged him that the babe should be bred up in the ways of piety, and that he should aye hae a godly minister at his elbow to pray WI 'the bairn and

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • 'Sell'd!' echoed the gipsy, with something like a scream; 'and wha durst buy Ellangowan that was not of Bertram's blude? and wha could tell whether the bonny knave-bairn may not come back to claim his ain? wha durst buy the estate and the castle of

    Guy Mannering, Or, the Astrologer — Complete

  • —and wha could tell whether the bonny knave-bairn may not come back to claim his ain?

    Chapter XXII

  • Bertram’s blude? and wha could tell whether the bonny knave-bairn may not come back to claim his ain? wha durst buy the estate and the castle of Ellangowan?’

    Guy Mannering

  • And when he came back he tell’d the Laird that the Evil One wad have power over the knave-bairn that was that night born, and he charged him that the babe should be bred up in the ways of piety, and that he should aye hae a godly minister at his elbow to pray wi‘ the bairn and for him.

    Guy Mannering

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