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a very young child.
Historical Examples

Mr. bantling would not have time to join her in Italy, but when she should go to Paris again he expected to come over.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

Poor Mr. bantling, however, was still in this inferior stage.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

“I dare say you think it awfully odd,” Mr. bantling replied, resting on his neat umbrella.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

With Lady Pensil, the sister of Mr. bantling, who has answered for an invitation.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

“I’ll get you a hansom if you’ll trust me,” Mr. bantling went on.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

For mark at the moment when you launched your bantling into the world.
Blackwood’s Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 67, Number 414, April, 1850 Various

Thus Congress somewhat sneeringly handed back to the President his bantling, with free leave to do what he could with it.
Abraham Lincoln, Vol. II John T. Morse

“The bantling is of too good quality to leave,” he said good-naturedly.
The Ward of King Canute Ottilie A. Liljencrantz

He had got something from Don Jaime’s books, this mountaineer’s bantling!
The Wolf Cub Patrick Casey

Miss Stackpole had remained behind; she was planning a little trip to Naples, to be carried out with Mr. bantling’s aid.
The Portrait of a Lady Henry James

(archaic, derogatory) a young child; brat


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