A bantam hen with chick.Licensed from iStockPhoto
- any of various small, domestic fowls
- a small but aggressive person
Origin: after Bantam, former Dutch residency inch(es) Java
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- Any of various breeds of very small domestic fowl that are often miniatures of members of larger breeds.
- A small but aggressive and spirited person.
- Diminutive; miniature.
- Aggressive and spirited.
Origin: After Bantam, former town in Indonesia from which such fowl were thought to have originated.