- a very young child.
Origin of bantling
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Your bantling is grown-up: you can keep her no longer beneath your wing.The Love Affairs of Pixie
Mrs George de Horne Vaizey
Poor Mr. Bantling, however, was still in this inferior stage.
I'm afraid, however, that Bantling hasn't; he may have some surprises.
"I'll get you a hansom if you'll trust me," Mr. Bantling went on.
With Lady Pensil, the sister of Mr. Bantling, who has answered for an invitation.
- archaic, derogatory a young child; brat
C16: perhaps from German Bänkling illegitimate child, from Bank bench + -ling 1
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