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a suffix forming nouns that denote persons who regularly engage in an activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem; now usually pejorative:
coward; dullard; drunkard; wizard.
Also, -art.
Origin of -ard
Middle English < Old French, probably extracted from Frankish compound personal names; compare Old High German Adalhart (French Alard), Bernhart (French Bernard), with 2nd element -hart literally, strong, hardy, hard (cognate with Old English -heard in names), often merely as intensifier of quality denoted in 1st element. Unabridged
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  • Then we lowered a boat, and made an examination of the ship for'ard.

  • I don't like to have you go for'ard there among those cattle, Mayo.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • "You'll find 'er a little 'ard, sir," remarked the steersman as he turned over the wheel to Madden.

    The Cruise of the Dry Dock T. S. Stribling
  • In a minute she is snug in her stall "for'ard," just by the cook's galley.

    A Boy's Voyage Round the World The Son of Samuel Smiles
  • For'ard, Hermann and the crew were heaving in and straightening out the tangle of anchors.

    A Son Of The Sun Jack London
  • "So is Morrison, and so am I," said the mate, as he rose to go for'ard again.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • With that Mr. Bad Elephant seized 'im with 'is trunk and flung 'im pretty 'ard into the bush and walked on.

    Ande Trembath Matthew Stanley Kemp
  • "Take him to the for'ard deck-house," snarled Hendry viciously.

    Tessa Louis Becke
  • And then Dick give me a thrashin', he did, but I never 'ollered or made a row, tho' he hit pretty 'ard.

    J. Cole Emma Gellibrand
British Dictionary definitions for ard


indicating a person who does something, esp to excess, or is characterized by a certain quality: braggart, drunkard, dullard
Word Origin
via Old French from Germanic -hard (literally: hardy, bold), the final element in many Germanic masculine names, such as Bernhard Bernard, Gerhart Gerard, etc
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Word Origin and History for ard


also -art, from Old French -ard, -art, from German -hard, -hart "hardy," forming the second element in many personal names, often used as an intensifier, but in Middle High German and Dutch used as a pejorative element in common nouns, and thus passing into Middle English in bastard, coward, blaffard ("one who stammers"), etc. It thus became a living element in English, e.g. buzzard, drunkard.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Related Abbreviations for ard


acute respiratory disease
The American Heritage® Abbreviations Dictionary, Third Edition
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ard in the Bible

descent, a grandson of Benjamin (Num. 26:38-40). In 1 Chr. 8:3 he is called Addar. His descendants are mentioned in Num. 26:40.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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