- any of various small, domestic fowls
- a small but aggressive person
Origin of bantamafter Bantam, early Dutch settlement in Java
- Any of various breeds of very small domesticated fowl that are often miniatures of members of larger breeds.
- A small but aggressive and spirited person.
- Diminutive; miniature.
- Aggressive and spirited.
Origin of bantamAfter Bantam, former town in Indonesia from which such fowl were thought to have originated.
(comparative more bantam, superlative most bantam)
From Dutch Bantam (a city in Java)