American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A sneaking, malicious coward.
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.
- n. A malicious coward; a dishonorable sneak.
- adj. meanly shrinking from danger, cowardly, dastardly
- v. To dastardize.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon.
- adj. Meanly shrinking from danger; cowardly; dastardly.
- v. rare To dastardize.
- adj. despicably cowardly
- n. a despicable coward
- ME, most likely from Old Norse dæstr ("exhausted"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
““Let not thy mind be overmuch crossed by unwise men at thronged meetings of folk; for oft these speak worse than they wot of; lest thou be called a dastard, and art minded to think that thou art even as is said; slay such an one on another day, and so reward his ugly talk.”
“dastard," but he coolly waited until Haldane had finished, and then asked in his former tone:”
“Deeming the man who would not fight on provocation a dastard, when brought to the test it seemed wrong that he should fight.”
“I'm certain his dead ex-wife haunts him nightly for being such a dastard.”
“The coyote, in this case, is the world's greatest super-villain, a bald, barrel-chested, Eastern-European-accented dastard named Gru (voiced by Steve Carrell).”
“The coyote, in this case, is the world's greatest super-villain, a bald, barrel-chested, Eastern-European-accented dastard named Gru voiced by Steve Carrell.”
“I can't think of any other reason they might rate this disturbing romp through the Joker's dastard deeds as PG-13.”
“Zardari, the dastard prince of Pakistan and widower to the assassinated former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto, is certainly no saint.”
“In others, one is dumped square into the racket that is the dastard American health insurance market.”
“No one who ever watched a match scratched their head and wondered who was the dastard and who was the darling.”
These user-created lists contain the word ‘dastard’.
words for those who commit particular crimes: i.e., bank robber, arsonist, etc.
These come from gamma meditation ,I think.
already several of these lists, but I wanted my own
The derogatory suffix -ard, now used in just a few words though previously very productive.
... as in "by James Joyce"
Words you can type with one hand--if you learned how to type formally. Hunt-and-peck method doesn't count. ;-) I'm keeping it to five or more letters to avoid an excessively lengthy list.
Hecko, words! I’m so happy I’ve found you. I want to keep you all and never want to lose you again. I hope you like it here.
For more badness, see hernesheir's excellent Perponyms.
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