from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A sneaking, malicious coward.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A malicious coward; a dishonorable sneak.
- adj. meanly shrinking from danger, cowardly, dastardly
- v. To dastardize.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon.
- adj. Meanly shrinking from danger; cowardly; dastardly.
- transitive v. To dastardize.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A dullard; a simpleton.
- n. A base coward; a poltroon; one who meanly shrinks from danger, or who performs malicious actions in a cowardly, sneaking manner.
- n. Synonyms Poltroon, Craven, etc. See coward.
- Characterized by base cowardice; meanly shrinking from danger, or from the consequences of malicious acts.
- To make dastard; intimidate; dispirit.
- To call one dastard or coward.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. despicably cowardly
- n. a despicable coward
Middle English, probably alteration of Old Norse dæstr, exhausted, from past participle of dæsa, to languish, decay.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
ME, most likely from Old Norse dæstr ("exhausted"). (Wiktionary)