- a mean, sneaking coward.
- of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly.
Origin of dastard
1400–50; late Middle English < ?.
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- archaic a contemptible sneaking coward
C15 (in the sense: dullard): probably from Old Norse dæstr exhausted, out of breath
Word Origin and History for dastard
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