das·​tard·​ly | \ ˈda-stərd-lē How to pronounce dastardly (audio) \

Definition of dastardly

1 : cowardly
2 : characterized by underhandedness or treachery a dastardly attack a dastardly villain

Other Words from dastardly

dastardliness noun

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cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, dastardly mean having or showing a lack of courage. cowardly implies a weak or ignoble lack of courage. a cowardly failure to stand up for principle pusillanimous suggests a contemptible lack of courage. the pusillanimous fear of a future full of possibility craven suggests extreme defeatism and complete lack of resistance. secretly despised her own craven yes-men dastardly often implies behavior that is both cowardly and treacherous or skulking or outrageous. a dastardly attack on unarmed civilians

Examples of dastardly in a Sentence

a dastardly attack on innocent civilians his dastardly conduct in a critical moment haunted him for the rest of his life
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First Known Use of dastardly

1542, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Dastardly.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dastardly. Accessed 3 Jul. 2022.

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das·​tard·​ly | \ ˈda-stərd-lē How to pronounce dastardly (audio) \

Kids Definition of dastardly

: very mean and tricky a dastardly deed They nabbed the dastardly traitor.


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