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

  • adj. Ignoble; contemptible.
  • adj. Born of unwed parents; illegitimate.
  • adj. Of humble birth.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. bastard, illegitimate
  • adj. Of lowly birth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Born out of wedlock.
  • adj. Born of low parentage.
  • adj. Vile; mean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of base or low birth; born out of wedlock; of low or mean parentage or origin; spurious.

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

  • adj. illegitimate
  • adj. of low birth or station (`base' is archaic in this sense)

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