bantam


1ban·tam

noun \ˈban-təm\

: a kind of small chicken

Full Definition of BANTAM

1
:  any of numerous small domestic fowls that are often miniatures of members of the standard breeds
2
:  a person of diminutive stature and often combative disposition

Origin of BANTAM

Bantam, former residency in Java
First Known Use: 1740

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut

Rhymes with BANTAM

2bantam

adjective

Definition of BANTAM

2
:  pertly combative

Examples of BANTAM

  1. <a bantam comedian who is known to fellow performers for his oversize ego>

First Known Use of BANTAM

1881

Related to BANTAM

Synonyms
small, diminutive, dinky, dwarfish, fine, half-pint, Lilliputian, little, pint-size (or pint-sized), pocket, pocket-size (also pocket-sized), puny, pygmy, shrimpy, slight, smallish, subnormal, toylike, undersized (also undersize)
Antonyms
big, biggish, considerable, goodly, grand, great, handsome, husky, king-size (or king-sized), large, largish, outsize (also outsized), overscale (or overscaled), oversize (or oversized), sizable (or sizeable), substantial, tidy, whacking, whopping

Rhymes with BANTAM

Ban·tam

geographical name \ˈban-təm\

Definition of BANTAM

former town Indonesia in NW corner of Java; once of Sultanate of Bantam

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