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dastard

[ das-terd ]
/ ˈdæs tərd /
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noun
a mean, sneaking coward.
adjective
of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly.
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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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