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bantam

noun ban·tam \ ˈban-təm \

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

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Origin and Etymology of bantam

Bantam, former residency in Java

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bantam

adjective

Definition of bantam

2 :pertly combative

Examples of bantam in a Sentence

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

First Known Use of bantam

1881

bantam Synonyms

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
Related Words
dwarf, toy; runtish, runty, scrubby, stunted; bitty, inappreciable, infinitesimal, little bitty, micro, microscopic (also microscopical), mini, miniature, miniaturized, minikin, minim, minuscule, minute, pinpoint, teensy, teensy-weensy, teeny, teeny-weeny, tiny, wee, weeny (also weensy); meager (or meagre), niggardly, poor, scant, scanty, scarce, skimp, skimpy, slender, slim, spare, sparse, stingy; deficient, inadequate, insufficient, lacking, wanting; bite-size (also bite-sized), capsule
Near Antonyms
bulky, hefty, hulking, massive, voluminous; boxcar, Brobdingnagian, Bunyanesque, cavernous, colossal, cyclopean, elephantine, enormous, galactic, gargantuan, giant, gigantic, gross, Himalayan, herculean, heroic (also heroical), huge, humongous (also humungous), immense, jumbo, leviathan, mammoth, monolithic, monstrous, monumental, mountainous, pharaonic, prodigious, staggering, stupendous, titanic, tremendous, vast; abundant, ample, appreciable, bountiful, copious, generous, healthy, liberal, plenteous, plentiful; fat, thick; broad, wide; boundless, cosmic (also cosmical), immeasurable, incalculable, infinite; adequate, enough, sufficient

Bantam

geographical name Ban·tam \ ˈban-təm \

Definition of Bantam

former town of Indonesia in the northwestern corner of Java; once capital of the Sultanate of Bantam

BANTAM Defined for English Language Learners

bantam

noun

Definition of bantam for English Language Learners

  • : a kind of small chicken


BANTAM Defined for Kids

bantam

noun ban·tam \ ˈban-təm \

Definition of bantam for Students

:a miniature breed of domestic chicken often raised for exhibiting in shows


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