-ard


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.

Nearby words

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.
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British Dictionary definitions for -ard

-ard

-art


suffix forming nouns

indicating a person who does something, esp to excess, or is characterized by a certain qualitybraggart; drunkard; dullard

Word Origin for -ard

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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