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bastard

noun bas·tard \ ˈbas-tərd \

Definition of bastard

1 : an illegitimate child
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 a : 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 Heggen
b : 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

bastard Synonyms

Synonyms
by-blow, love child, whoreson
Related Words
nephew, niece
Near Antonyms
hero, heroine, idol, role model; gentleman, lady; angel, saint

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bastard

adjective

Definition of bastard

1 : illegitimate
  • his bastard son
2 : of mixed or ill-conceived origin
  • known for coining bastard words
3 : of abnormal shape or irregular size
  • bastard sizes of doors and windows …
  • —R. E. Flanders
4 : of a kind similar to but inferior to or less typical than some standard
  • bastard marble
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


Law Dictionary

bastard

noun bas·tard \ ˈbas-tərd \

legal Definition of bastard

: an illegitimate child
Note: The word bastard is no longer used in legal contexts.

bastardy

play \ˈbas-tər-dē\ noun

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