bastard


1bas·tard

noun \ˈbas-tərd\

Definition of BASTARD

1
:  an illegitimate child
2
:  something that is spurious, irregular, inferior, or of questionable origin
3
a :  an offensive or disagreeable person —used as a generalized term of abuse
b :  man, fellow
bas·tard·ly adjective

Examples of BASTARD

  1. Congratulations on getting the job, you lucky bastard!
  2. His wife left him, the poor bastard.
  3. Life can be a real bastard sometimes.

Origin of BASTARD

Middle English, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to OldFrisian bost marriage, Old English bindan to bind
First Known Use: 14th century

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2bastard

adjective

Definition of BASTARD

2
:  of mixed or ill-conceived origin <known for coining bastard words>
3
:  of abnormal shape or irregular size
4
:  of a kind similar to but inferior to or less typical than some standard
5
:  lacking genuineness or authority :  false

Examples of BASTARD

  1. <Alexander Hamilton appears to have been bothered by the fact that he was a bastard child.>
  2. <a bastard knockoff of a far superior thriller>

First Known Use of BASTARD

14th century

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