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bantling

[ bant-ling ]
/ ˈbænt lɪŋ /
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noun
a very young child.
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Origin of bantling

First recorded in 1585–95, bantling is from the German word Bänkling illegitimate child. See bench, -ling1
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British Dictionary definitions for bantling

bantling
/ (ˈbæntlɪŋ) /

noun
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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