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First published 1934 (SND Vol. I). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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BANTIM, Bantin(g), Bantan, Banty, Bantie, n. Also banton (Gsw. 1868 J. Young Poems 34). Sc. forms of Eng. bantam. Also used attrib and fig. [′bɑntɪm, ′bɑntɪn, ′bɑnti]Bnff. 1926 (per Bnff.4):
Bantim, bantam.
Ags. 1819 J. Ross Angus-shire Chaplet 30:
Thus midden-heigh, at Game abeigh, A Bantin crouse will craw, man; Or cottage Cur at Mastiff worr, But aye haud far awa', man.
Per. 1857 J. Stewart Sketches 72:
Were there ever such coofs to be foiled by a bantan?
Edb. 1828 D. M. Moir Mansie Wauch (1839) vii.:
From the branches of which hung apples, and oranges, and cocky-nuts, and figs, and raisins, and plumdameses, and corrydanders . . . while all the birds and beasts seemed as tame as our bantings.
Edb. 1990 James Allan Ford in Joy Hendry Chapman 59 Jan 48:
"Ah seen it masel, Jeck," she called out. "There wis nae skelp in it. He wis interferin wi her, the dirty auld bantie cock."
Gall.(D) 1901 Trotter Gall. Gossip 38:
He . . . struttit aboot like a banty-cock on a new midden.
s.Sc. 1979 Lavinia Derwent A Border Bairn (1986) 143:
The very sight of Blackie sitting on the kitchen wall and the bubblyjock chasing a banty across the yard.

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