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

  • n. A child born out of wedlock.
  • n. Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.
  • n. Slang A person, especially one who is held to be mean or disagreeable.
  • adj. Born of unwed parents; illegitimate.
  • adj. Not genuine; spurious: a bastard style of architecture.
  • adj. Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.
  • n. A mongrel. A biological cross between different breeds, groups or varieties.
  • n. A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person. See asshole, sod.
  • n. A man, a fellow, a male friend.
  • n. A child that does not know his or her father.
  • n. Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
  • n. A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit.
  • n. An intermediate-grade steel file; also : bastard file.
  • n. A sweet wine.
  • adj. of or like a bastard (illegitimate human descendant)
  • adj. of or like a bastard (bad person)
  • adj. of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross
  • adj. of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities (size, shape etc.)
  • adj. spurious, lacking genuinity of authenticity: counterfeit, fake
  • interj. Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.
  • v. To bastardize.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Begotten and born out of lawful matrimony; illegitimate. See bastard, n., note.
  • adj. Lacking in genuineness; spurious; false; adulterate; -- applied to things which resemble those which are genuine, but are really not so.
  • adj. Of an unusual or irregular make or proportion.
  • adj. Abbreviated, as the half title in a page preceding the full title page of a book.
  • n. A “natural” child; a child begotten and born out of wedlock; an illegitimate child; one born of an illicit union.
  • n.
  • n. An inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from the sirups that have already had several boilings.
  • n. A large size of mold, in which sugar is drained.
  • n. A sweet Spanish wine like muscatel in flavor.
  • n. A writing paper of a particular size. See Paper.
  • transitive v. To bastardize.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A natural child; a child begotten and born out of wedlock; an illegitimate or spurious child.
  • n. In sugar-refining: A large mold into which sugar is drained.
  • n. An impure, coarse brown sugar made from the refuse syrup of previous boilings.
  • n. An animal of inferior breed; a mongrel.
  • n. A kind of woolen cloth, probably of inferior quality, or of unusual width, or both.
  • n. A kind of war-vessel used in the middle ages, probably of unusual size.
  • n. In the seventeenth century, a small cannon, otherwise known as a bastard culverin (which see, under culverin).
  • n. A sweet Spanish wine resembling muscadel; any kind of sweetened wine.
  • n. In falconry, a kind of hawk.
  • n. A local name of Kemp's gulf-turtle, Thalassochelys (Colpochelys) kempi, of the Gulf of Mexico.
  • Begotten and born out of wedlock; illegitimate: as, a bastard child.
  • Mongrel; hybrid: as, a bastard brood.
  • Unauthorized; unrecognized: as, “bastard officers before God,”
  • Spurious; not genuine; false; supposititious; adulterate: as, “bastard hope,” ; “bastard honours,”
  • Having the appearance of being genuine; resembling in some degree: an epithet applied especially in botany, zoölogy, medicine, etc., to things which resemble, but are not identical with, the things named: as, bastard mahogany, bastard pimpernel, bastard caddis, bastard marble, bastard measles, etc. See phrases below. Also bastardly.
  • Of abnormal or irregular shape or size; of unusual make or proportions: applied to guns, ships, swords: as, bastard culverin, bastard galley, etc. See phrases.
  • A local English name (in Weymouth) of the variegated sole, Solea variegata.
  • To declare to be a bastard; stigmatize as a bastard; bastardize.

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

  • n. derogatory term for a variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin
  • n. the illegitimate offspring of unmarried parents
  • n. insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
  • adj. fraudulent; having a misleading appearance


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

Middle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Frisian bōst, marriage.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English bastard, bastarde, from Late Old English bastard ("bastard"), from Anglo-Norman bastard ("illegitimate child"), from Old Low Frankish *bāst ("marriage") (compare Middle Dutch bast ("lust, heat")) and derogatory suffix -ard, from Proto-Germanic *banstuz (“bond, tie”) (compare West Frisian boask, boaste ("marriage")), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie, bind”); or equivalent to bast +‎ -ard. Cognate with West Frisian bastert ("bastard"), Dutch bastaard ("bastard"), German Bastard ("bastard"), Icelandic bastarður ("bastard"). Probably originally referred to a child from a polygynous marriage of Germanic custom but not sanctioned by the Church.



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