dastard







dastard


noun

  1. a mean, sneaking coward.

adjective

  1. of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly.

noun

  1. archaic a contemptible sneaking coward
n.

mid-15c., “one who is lazy or dull;” an English formation on a French model, probably from *dast, “dazed,” past participle of dasen “to daze” (see daze (v.)) + deprecatory suffix -ard. Meaning “one who shirks from danger” is late 15c.

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