One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dishonourable or despicable man.
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘Victor Fisher, on hand outside the hall, charged the dissenting delegates with being ‘dastards and cowards, some of whom… were the paid agents of the enemy, and.., traitors not only to their country but to civilisation.’’
- ‘You're one of those estate agent dastards - bumping up house prices beyond the reach of young working couples.’
- ‘I had found the body underneath the floorboards, but I had yet to find the dastard that placed it there.’
- ‘The German player also seeks to reinsure the treaty by tying in the Swedish matter because he cannot rely on Russian compliance simply because the deal is good for both countries; that is, he must protect against fools as well as dastards.’
- ‘Then, her mind was filled with an intense hate, a hate for the dastards that abducted her crewmates.’
Late Middle English (in the sense ‘stupid person’): probably from dazed, influenced by dotard and bastard.
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