bantam [the eventual paperback publisher] sold six million copies in 20 years.
Reprinted by arrangement with bantam Books, an imprint of The Random House Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.
In another study, “one man reported that he felt compelled to incubate and help hatch out a clutch of bantam chickens.”
1749, after Bantam, former Dutch residency in Java, from which the small domestic fowl were said to have been first imported. Extension to "small person" is 1837. As a light weight class in boxing, it is attested from 1884, probably from the birds, which are small but aggressive and bred for fighting.