Definition of bantling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbantlɪŋ/


A young child.
Example sentences
  • Even the little copper-coloured bantlings were heard to say, ‘What does the white people want here?’
  • Although one or two of the merrier, albeit more mischievous, bantlings are absent, the family circle will, doubtless, be found to be somewhat complete.


Late 16th century: from band1 + -ling, or a corruption of German bänkling 'bastard'.

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