Bastard

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English

Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /ˈbɑːstə(r)d/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈbæstɝd/

Etymology

From Middle English, from Late Old English, from Anglo-Norman bastard (illegitimate child), from Old Low Frankish *bāst (marriage) (compare Middle Dutch bast (lust, heat)) and derogatory suffix -ard, from Proto-Germanic *banstuz (bond, tie) (compare West Frisian boask, boaste (marriage)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (to tie, bind). Probably originally referred to a child from a polygynous marriage of Germanic custom but not sanctioned by the Church.

Noun

Bastard (plural Bastards)
  1. A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.
  2. A mongrel. A biological cross between different breeds, groups or varieties.
  3. (vulgar, referring to a man) A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person. See asshole, sod.
    Some bastard stole my car while I was helping an injured person.
  4. (often humorous) A man, a fellow, a male friend.
    lucky bastard, poor bastard
    Get over here, you old bastard!
  5. (informal) A child that does not know his or her father.
  6. (informal) Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
    Life can be a real bastard.
  7. A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit.
    The architecture was a kind of bastard, suggesting Gothic but not being true Gothic.
  8. An intermediate-grade steel file; also : bastard file.
  9. A long, straight, narrow sword, with an undecorated hilt; a longsword.

Notes

  • (one born to unmarried parents): Not always regarded as a (religious) stigma (in canon law prohibitive for clerical office without papal indult): Norman duke William, the Conqueror of England, is referred to in state documents as "William the Bastard"; a Burgundian prince was even officially styled Great Bastard of Burgundy.
  • The collective noun for bastards is a shower.

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Derived terms

Adjective

Bastard (comparative more Bastard, superlative most Bastard) (stub)

  1. of or like a bastard (illegitimate human descendant)
  2. of or like a bastard (bad person)
  3. of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross
  4. of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities (size, shape etc.)
  5. spurious, lacking genuinity of authenticity: counterfeit, fake

Interjection

Bastard!

  1. (rare, vulgar) Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.


Thesaurus

SOB, affected, apocryphal, artificial, assumed, bantling, bar sinister, baseborn, bastard child, bastardy, bird, blackguard, bogus, brummagem, bugger, by-blow, cat, chap, character, colorable, colored, counterfeit, counterfeited, creep, criminal, cross, crossbred, crossbreed, devil, distorted, dressed up, duck, dummy, embellished, embroidered, enfant terrible, ersatz, evildoer, factitious, fake, faked, false, falsified, fart, fatherless, feigned, feller, fellow, fictitious, fictive, garbled, guy, half blood, half-breed, heel, hood, hooligan, illegitimacy, illegitimate, illegitimate child, imitation, jasper, jerk, joker, junky, knave, lad, limb, louse, love child, lowlife, make-believe, malefactor, man-made, meanie, misbegotten, mischief, miscreant, miscreated, mock, mongrel, mother, mule, natural, offender, perverted, phony, pill, pinchbeck, pretended, pseudo, put-on, quasi, queer, rapscallion, rascal, rat, reprobate, rogue, scalawag, scoundrel, self-styled, sham, shit, shithead, shitheel, shoddy, simulated, sinner, so-called, soi-disant, spurious, stinkard, stinker, stud, supposititious, synthetic, tin, tinsel, titivated, turd, twisted, unauthentic, ungenuine, unnatural, unreal, warped

Translations

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Adjective


Interjection

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Anglo-Norman

Alternative forms

Noun

Bastard m. (oblique plural Bastards, nominative singular Bastards, nominative plural Bastard)

  1. bastard (person born out of wedlock)

Danish

Etymology

From Old French bastard.

Pronunciation

  • IPA: /bastard/, [b̥aˈsd̥ɑːˀd̥] or IPA: /bastar/, [b̥aˈsd̥ɑːˀ]

Noun

Bastard c. (singular definite Bastarden, plural indefinite Bastarder)

  1. crossbreed (an organism produced by mating of individuals of different varieties or breeds)
  2. mongrel (someone of mixed kind or uncertain origin, especially a dog)
  3. (dated) bastard (person who was born out of wedlock)

Inflection

Synonyms


Old French

Etymology

Late Latin bastardus, of Germanic origin, possibly Frankish.

Noun

Bastard m. (oblique plural Bastards, nominative singular Bastards, nominative plural Bastard)

  1. bastard (person conceived to unmarried parents)

Adjective

Bastard m.

  1. bastard (conceived by unmarried parents)

Declension

Descendants

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