Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Cowardly and malicious; base.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. in the manner of a dastard; marked by cowardice; pusillanimous
  • adj. treacherous; given to backstabbing

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Meanly timid; cowardly; base.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Characterized by gross cowardice; meanly timid; base; sneaking.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. despicably cowardly

Etymologies

dastard +‎ -ly (Wiktionary)

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  • Great citation; thanks DanieleO.

    December 24, 2008

  • Beautifully used by Franklin Delano Roosvelt, in the 7th of December 1941 declaration of war of the USA against the Emire of Japan:
    "I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December 7th, 1941, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese empire."

    http://www.americanrhetoric.com/speeches/fdrpearlharbor.htm

    December 24, 2008