Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

dastardly

[das-terd-lee]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
adjective
  1. cowardly; meanly base; sneaking: a dastardly act.
Show More

Origin of dastardly

First recorded in 1560–70; dastard + -ly
Related formsdas·tard·li·ness, noun
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for dastardly

dastardly

adjective
  1. mean and cowardly
Show More
Derived Formsdastardliness, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for dastardly

adj.

1560s, "showing despicable cowardice," originally "dull," from Middle English dastard + -ly (1).

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper