A word my dad used to use when I was a kid, to call a child or group of kids. such as calling a child that you dont know there name. or to call children as you watch a school bus go by.
(Dad) : "so where's your little whoplinger(s)?" (Friend) "Oh the kids they are with there mother getting Ice Cream."
(Watching a School Bus go by) "There go the whoplinger(s)."