a very young child.

Origin of bantling

First recorded in 1585–95, bantling is from the German word Bänkling illegitimate child. See bench, -ling1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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archaic, derogatory a young child; brat

Word Origin for bantling

C16: perhaps from German Bänkling illegitimate child, from Bank bench + -ling 1
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