a mean, sneaking coward.


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

Nearby words

  1. dassehra,
  2. dassie,
  3. dassin,
  4. dassn't,
  5. dast,
  6. dastardly,
  7. dastur,
  8. dasy-,
  9. dasymeter,
  10. dasypaedal

Origin of dastard

1400–50; late Middle English < ?.

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British Dictionary definitions for dastard



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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Word Origin and History for dastard



mid-15c., "one who is lazy or dull;" an English formation on a French model, probably from *dast, "dazed," past participle of dasen "to daze" (see daze (v.)) + deprecatory suffix -ard. Meaning "one who shirks from danger" is late 15c.

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