Bantling Bant"ling, n. [Prob. for bandling, from band, and meaning a child wrapped in swaddling bands; or cf. G. b["a]ntling a bastard, fr. bank bench. Cf. {Bastard}, n.] A young or small child; an infant. [Slightly contemptuous or depreciatory.] [1913 Webster]

In what out of the way corners genius produces her bantlings. --W. Irving. [1913 Webster]

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