One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A young child.
- ‘Even the little copper-coloured bantlings were heard to say, ‘What does the white people want here?’’
- ‘Although one or two of the merrier, albeit more mischievous, bantlings are absent, the family circle will, doubtless, be found to be somewhat complete.’
Late 16th century: from band + -ling, or a corruption of German bänkling ‘bastard’.
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