WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2017
bas•tard /ˈbæstɚd/USA pronunciation   n. [countable]
  1. a person born of unmarried parents.
  2. Slang Terms
    • Offensive. a mean, cruel, hateful person:That bastard stole all my money.
    • Slang. a person, esp. a man:That poor bastard, losing his kids in the plane crash.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2017
bas•tard  (bastərd),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. a person born of unmarried parents;
    an illegitimate child.
  2. Slang Terms
    • a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person:Some bastard slashed the tires on my car.
    • a person, esp. a man:The poor bastard broke his leg.
  3. something irregular, inferior, spurious, or unusual.
  4. MilitarySee  bastard culverin. 

  1. illegitimate in birth.
  2. spurious;
    not genuine;
    false:The architecture was bastard Gothic.
  3. of abnormal or irregular shape or size;
    of unusual make or proportions:bastard quartz; bastard mahogany.
  4. having the appearance of;
    resembling in some degree:a bastard Michelangelo; bastard emeralds.
  5. Printing(of a character) not of the font in which it is used or found.
  • Gmc *bandstu-, a noun, nominal derivative of Indo-European *bhendh- bind; the traditional explanation of Old French bastard as derivative of fils de bast "child of a packsaddle'' is doubtful on chronological and geographical grounds
  • Gmc (Ingvaeonic) *bāst-, presumed variant of *bōst- marriage + Old French -ard -ard, taken as signifying the offspring of a polygynous marriage to a woman of lower status, a pagan tradition not sanctioned by the church; compare Old Frisian bost marriage
  • Anglo-French bastard, Medieval Latin bastardus (from 11th century), perh.
  • Middle English 1250–1300
    • 6.See corresponding entry in Unabridged fake, imitation, imperfect, sham, irregular, phony.

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

bastard /ˈbɑːstəd ˈbæs-/ n
  1. informal offensive an obnoxious or despicable person
  2. informal often jocular a person, esp a man: lucky bastard
  3. informal something extremely difficult or unpleasant: that job is a real bastard
  4. old-fashioned or offensive a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate baby, child, or adult
  5. something irregular, abnormal, or inferior
  6. a hybrid, esp an accidental or inferior one
adj (prenominal)
  1. old-fashioned or offensive illegitimate by birth
  2. irregular, abnormal, or inferior in shape, size, or appearance
  3. resembling a specified thing, but not actually being such: a bastard cedar
  4. counterfeit; spurious
Etymology: 13th Century: from Old French bastart, perhaps from bast in the phrase fils de bast son of the packsaddle (that is, of an unlawful and not the marriage bed), from Medieval Latin bastum packsaddle, of uncertain origin

ˈbastardly adj

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