dastardly

[das-terd-lee]

adjective

cowardly; meanly base; sneaking: a dastardly act.

Nearby words

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

Origin of dastardly

First recorded in 1560–70; dastard + -ly

Related formsdas·tard·li·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for dastardly

dastardly

adjective

mean and cowardly
Derived Formsdastardliness, noun

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Word Origin and History for dastardly

dastardly

adj.

1560s, "showing despicable cowardice," originally "dull," from Middle English dastard + -ly (1).

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