Definition of bantling in English:

bantling

noun

archaic
  • 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.’

Origin

Late 16th century: from band + -ling, or a corruption of German bänkling ‘bastard’.

Pronunciation

bantling

/ˈbæntlɪŋ//ˈbantliNG/