bantam


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

ban·tam

(băn′təm)
n.
1. Any of various breeds of very small domesticated fowl that are often miniatures of members of larger breeds.
2. A small but aggressive and spirited person.
adj.
1. Diminutive; miniature.
2. Aggressive and spirited.

[From Bantam, English form of the name of Banten, seaport in western Java near the Sunda Strait that was important in the pepper trade in the mercantile era and where European ships would often reprovision, as with chickens of small Asian breeds.]

bantam

(ˈbæntəm)
n
1. (Breeds) Also called: banty any of various very small breeds of domestic fowl
2. Also called: banty a small but aggressive person
3. (Boxing) boxing short for bantamweight
4. (Hockey (Field & Ice))
a. an age level of between 13 and 15 in amateur sport, esp ice hockey
b. (as modifier): bantam hockey.
[C18: after Bantam village in Java, said to be the original home of this fowl]

ban•tam

(ˈbæn təm)

n.
1. (often cap.) a chicken of any of several varieties or breeds characterized by very small size.
2. a small and feisty or quarrelsome person.
adj.
3. diminutive; tiny.
4. feisty; combative.
[1740–50; appar. after Bantam]

Ban•tam

(ˈbæn təm)

n.
a village in W Java, in S Indonesia: first Dutch settlement in the East Indies.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bantam - any of various small breeds of fowlbantam - any of various small breeds of fowl
domestic fowl, fowl, poultry - a domesticated gallinaceous bird thought to be descended from the red jungle fowl
Adj.1.bantam - very smallbantam - very small; "diminutive in stature"; "a lilliputian chest of drawers"; "her petite figure"; "tiny feet"; "the flyspeck nation of Bahrain moved toward democracy"
little, small - limited or below average in number or quantity or magnitude or extent; "a little dining room"; "a little house"; "a small car"; "a little (or small) group"

bantam

adjective
Notably below average in amount, size, or scope:
Translations
دَجاج صَغير، بَنْطَم
bantamkamalý
bantamhønsdværghøns
bantambaromfi
smávaxiî hænsnakyn
bantamų veislės višta
mazgabarīta-nelielspundurgailispundurvista
liliputka
Çin tavuğu

bantam

[ˈbæntəm] Ngallina f bántam

bantam

[ˈbæntəm]
n (= chicken) → poule f naine
modif [rooster, cock, hen] → nain(e); [egg] → de poule naine

bantam

nBantamhuhn nt

bantam

[ˈbæntəm] ngallo "bantam"

bantam

(ˈbӕntəm) noun
a small variety of domestic fowl. She keeps bantams; (also adjective) a bantam cock.
References in classic literature ?
he cried, at last; "but there is still rope enough left for you, my fine bantam, that wouldn't give up.
Poyser's bantam cock, who fancied the sun got up every morning to hear him crow.
The only one with anything approaching to a voice, is an aged bantam at the baker's; and even he is hoarse, in consequence of bad living in his last place.
But when we compare the dray-horse and race-horse, the dromedary and camel, the various breeds of sheep fitted either for cultivated land or mountain pasture, with the wool of one breed good for one purpose, and that of another breed for another purpose; when we compare the many breeds of dogs, each good for man in very different ways; when we compare the game-cock, so pertinacious in battle, with other breeds so little quarrelsome, with 'everlasting layers' which never desire to sit, and with the bantam so small and elegant; when we compare the host of agricultural, culinary, orchard, and flower-garden races of plants, most useful to man at different seasons and for different purposes, or so beautiful in his eyes, we must, I think, look further than to mere variability.
You recollect the case of the Middlesex Dumpling and the Suffolk Bantam, Grummer?
The birds that the two girls had brought in were duly returned to the yard, and the process was repeated till all the pet cocks and hens had been submitted to the old woman--Hamburghs, Bantams, Cochins, Brahmas, Dorkings, and such other sorts as were in fashion just then--her perception of each visitor being seldom at fault as she received the bird upon her knees.
Tenders are invited for Provision Of Secure Management Operations Services At The Bantam Lake Boat Launch And Marina
com)-- Bantam Cider has officially announced the launch of its full-scale can program.
Derek also took the award for his Rhode Island Red bantam male.
In WWI, the Bantam regiments were formidable fighting forces, made up of men who - at between 5ft and 5ft 3in - were smaller than the rest of the Army.
The new site is a key element of a new awareness campaign to emerge from consumer research conducted in 2013 by The Bantam Group, which revealed significant misconceptions about food allergies and allergy management.
The MTC Nestor Sunshine Academy and the Warriors Promotion earlier this week pencilled down the agreement which will see hard hitting bantam weight pugilist Immanuel Prince Naindjala slot it out with another remarkable bantamweight fighter in the format of Joseph Smokey Joe Hilongwa.