dastard

[ das-terd ]
/ ˈdæs tərd /

noun

a mean, sneaking coward.

adjective

of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly.

Origin of dastard

1400–50; late Middle English < ?.
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British Dictionary definitions for dastard

dastard

/ (ˈdæstəd) /

noun

archaic a contemptible sneaking coward

Word Origin for dastard

C15 (in the sense: dullard): probably from Old Norse dæstr exhausted, out of breath
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