from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A young child.
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- 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.
The Seraph, mightily confused at being called a bantling, giggled inanely, so I replied again.
I, poor fool, exulting in the splendid throes of accomplishment, never dreamed that the real christening of my bantling was the toast the Master of Hell drank as the name "Amalgamated" was slowly traced upon the pad before my eyes; never dreamed that this cherished offspring on whose rearing I had lavished all I possessed of dollars, of ideals, of generous hopes and high expectations -- whose growth I had literally watered with my sweat -- was an imp of darkness.
He looked over at Kenny, Well done, little bantling.
Do you, little bantling, kill everything you encounter?
“Little bantling,” said Grahame with a sigh as he stopped admiring himself in the mirror.
“Is this hedge-bantling to be fathered on you, Mr. Frank?”
“He breathes the vital air, the Doctor might say, through lungs; he moves erect, & has warm blood; the female brings forth her young alive, and rears the bantling at her breast.”
I was a young author at the time, perhaps proud of my bantling: “I beg your pardon,” I say, “it was written by your humble servant.”
If the gods, deliberating painfully together, have elaborated any skilful project, the giants are always willing to adopt it as their own, not treating the bantling as a foster child, but praising it and pushing it so that men should regard it as the undoubted offspring of their own brains.
She was one who would fain be doing something if she only knew how, and the first important attempt she made was to turn her respectable young Tory husband into a second-rate Whig bantling.