from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young child.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An infant or young child.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A young or small child; an infant.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A young child; an infant: a term carrying with it a shade of contempt.
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin uncertain. Perhaps from band(s) (“swaddling clothes”) + -ling, or a modification of German Bänkling ("bastard child"), equivalent to bench + -ling. (Wiktionary)