bantling

bantling

[bant-ling]
noun
a very young child.

Origin:
1585–95; < German Bänkling illegitimate child. See bench, -ling1

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bantling (ˈbæntlɪŋ)
 
n
archaic, derogatory a young child; brat
 
[C16: perhaps from German Bänkling illegitimate child, from Bank bench + -ling1]

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