bant·​ling ˈbant-liŋ How to pronounce bantling (audio)
: a very young child

Word History


perhaps modification of German Bänkling bastard, from Bank bench, from Old High German — more at bench

First Known Use

1593, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bantling was in 1593

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Cite this Entry

“Bantling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Dec. 2023.

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