A young child.

[Origin unknown.]
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archaic derogatory a young child; brat
[C16: perhaps from German Bänkling illegitimate child, from Bank bench + -ling1]
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(ˈbænt lɪŋ)

a very young child.
[1585–95; < German Bänkling illegitimate child. See bench, -ling1]
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References in classic literature ?
Cast the bantling on the rocks, Suckle him with the she-wolf's teat, Wintered with the hawk and fox.
And everybody came to Versailles the author quotes the American novelist Henry James who, in his book, The Portrait Of A Lady has a character exclaiming: "Oh, I know all about Versailles, I went there with Mr Bantling, I warned him, when we went out there, that I was thorough: so we spent three days at the local hotel and wandered all over the place."
It played the Fox and Goose hotel in Strangler's Wood and made appearances in Bantling Boy, Secrets and Spies and Not in my Backyard.
(20) In a similar way, in a letter to Sir Watkin, Jery mentions offhandedly a young woman with whom he once had an affair: "if the woman should be abandoned enough to swear his [Mansel's] bantling to me, I must beg the favour of you to compound with the parish: I shall pay the penalty without repining" (26).
Six lime kilns at Bantling, near Pontop Pike, Stanley, County Durham, are being revamped in an pounds 85,000 project.
The pounds 30,000 from the County Durham Environmental Trust (CDENT) is helping to restore Bantling Lime Kilns, a set of six historic kilns close to Annfield Plain, Stanley, County Durham.
Inman says that he feels "like God's most marauded bantling" (53).
In addition, many hospitals are bantling latex in any form.