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bastard

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noun bas·tard \ˈbas-tərd\

Definition of bastard

  1. 1 :  an illegitimate child

  2. 2 :  something that is spurious (see spurious 3a), irregular, inferior, or of questionable origin The … residence is a bastard of the architectural era which followed the building of the Imperial Hotel … — Hugh Byas

  3. 3a :  an offensive or disagreeable person —used as a generalized term of abuse Then they made him an officer and right away he became the biggest bastard you ever saw. — Thomas Heggenb :  man, fellow … the nicest thing an Aussie can call you is a bloody fine bastard. — Wilson Hicks

bastardly

adjective

Examples of bastard in a sentence

  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 and Etymology of bastard

Middle English, from Anglo-French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Frisian bost marriage, Old English bindan to bind


First Known Use: 13th century


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bastard

adjective bas·tard

Definition of bastard

  1. 1 :  illegitimate his bastard son

  2. 2 :  of mixed or ill-conceived origin known for coining bastard words

  3. 3 :  of abnormal shape or irregular size bastard sizes of doors and windows … — R. E. Flanders

  4. 4 :  of a kind similar to but inferior to or less typical than some standard bastard marble

  5. 5 :  lacking genuineness or authority :  false … the indiscriminate use of Greek letters by bastard groups not connected with the higher learning. — Charles W. Ferguson

Examples of bastard in a sentence

  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

Origin and Etymology of bastard

Middle English, from attributive use of bastard 1bastard


First Known Use: 13th century


Law Dictionary

bastard

play
noun bas·tard \ˈbas-tərd\

Legal Definition of bastard

  1. :  an illegitimate child

bastardy

\ˈbas-tər-dē\ play noun

Additional Notes on bastard

The word bastard is no longer used in legal contexts.



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