[ bas-terd ]
/ ˈbæs tərd /
a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.
- a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person: Some bastard slashed the tires on my car.
- a person, especially a man: The poor bastard broke his leg.
something irregular, inferior, spurious, or unusual.
illegitimate in birth.
spurious; not genuine; false: The architecture was bastard Gothic.
of abnormal or irregular shape or size; of unusual make or proportions: bastard quartz; bastard mahogany.
having the appearance of; resembling in some degree: a bastard Michelangelo; bastard emeralds.
Printing. (of a character) not of the font in which it is used or found.
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Origin of bastard
1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French bastard, Medieval Latin bastardus (from 11th century), perhaps < Germanic (Ingvaeonic) *bāst-, presumed variant of *bōst- marriage + Old French -ard -ard, taken as signifying the offspring of a polygynous marriage to a woman of lower status, a pagan tradition not sanctioned by the church; compare Old Frisian bost marriage < Germanic *bandstu-, a noun derivative of Indo-European *bhendh- bind; the traditional explanation of Old French bastard as derivative of fils de bast “child of a packsaddle” is doubtful on chronological and geographical grounds
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British Dictionary definitions for bastard
/ (ˈbɑːstəd, ˈbæs-) /
informal, offensive an obnoxious or despicable person
informal, often jocular a person, esp a manlucky bastard
informal something extremely difficult or unpleasantthat job is a real bastard
old-fashioned, or offensive a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate baby, child, or adult
something irregular, abnormal, or inferior
a hybrid, esp an accidental or inferior one
old-fashioned, or offensive illegitimate by birth
irregular, abnormal, or inferior in shape, size, or appearance
resembling a specified thing, but not actually being sucha bastard cedar
Derived forms of bastardbastardly, adjective
Word Origin for bastard
C13: from Old French bastart, perhaps from bast in the phrase fils de bast son of the packsaddle (that is, of an unlawful and not the marriage bed), from Medieval Latin bastum packsaddle, of uncertain origin
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