Definition of bastard in English:
- He talked to him and convinced him that this wedding should take place as soon as possible because his bride does not want their son to be born a bastard.
- I am merely a bastard, born to one of his secondary wives.
- To his warped mind it appeared that his natural father had robbed him of his rightful inheritance by having him born a bastard, and this whole affair was no more than the result of his terrible revenge!
- So we like to judge our actions as those of good people dealing with ‘the real world’, instead of as natural bastards doing what bastards do naturally.
- The bastards won't change their behaviour until their business goes under because all the good workers have gone to good employers.
- As last time, we were all a little fatter, balder and/or greyer, apart from the bastards who hadn't changed at all.
- I'm desperate to see whether Yoichi finally gets a lucky break - poor little bastard.
- Then Stan sent me this, probably the most unfortunate of all, poor bastard!
- If that's all you have to worry about, Tom, then you are one lucky bastard.
- I've read about 100 pages these last two days and gotten a bastard of a headache for my troubles.
- After all my rabbiting on about the foolishness of those plebs who choose to spurn the way of the Proper Bow Tie, I've had a bastard of a time for the last couple of days figuring out how the heck you actually tie one.
- Of course, next time I post I'll probably be sitting here nursing a bastard of a hangover and a misanthropic grudge against the universe as per usual, so make the most of it.
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- While the first movie does have more of an adult theme to it (uh, she birthed a bastard child from a married family man), the last two lend themselves to more of a family audience.
- An insolent stranger makes an unexpected appearance in Tara's house claiming to be her illegitimate nephew (the bastard son of Padma).
- After all, it would be disastrous if the people ever found out that she had a bastard child born out of wedlock.
- I'm guessing that the bug I swallowed this morning was a hybrid of sorts, a bastard child conceived of a drunken cricket and a desperate ladybug.
- And speaking of which, after a fashion, experiments with new routes into work took me past Chariots, which looks from the outside like the bastard lovechild of a Greek restaurant and an auto repair shop.
- Along the way, however, the reader gets a crash course in early comic strips, and it is within the literary tradition of this bastard medium that he defiantly sets his work.
- Its a bastard typeface, each character stands alone as an independent angular structure.
- Text occupies a single column in a bastard typeface, while the title-page uses a mixture of bastard and roman type (the latter for Latin text), and of black and red lettering.
- The Bastard Secretary Hand represents a variation of the Bastard hand, a reform of the court hand, developed in the early 14th century in an attempt to reform the by-now deteriorated standard court hand.
- 1(as) happy (or lucky, miserable, etc.) as a bastard on Father's Day
- Australian informal Very unhappy (or unlucky, miserable, etc.): he looked as happy as a bastard on Father’s DayMore example sentences
- Old Charlie was as confused as a bastard on Father's Day.
- The once-proud structure became as unstable as a bastard on Father's Day.
- You might say he was as puzzled as a bastard on Father's Day.
- 2keep the bastards honest
- Australian Ensure that politicians behave fairly and openly: we’re going to need someone to keep the bastards honest[ 1980s: from a slogan of the Australian Democrats, formulated by its founder Don Chipp (1925–2006), alluding to the party's role in holding the balance of power in the Senate]More example sentences
- He warned politicians on Wednesday, "I'm not here to keep the bastards honest; I'm here to get rid of the bastards."
- We keep the bastards honest and we have the mechanisms to keep ourselves honest too.
- He has tried to paint himself as the party that keeps the bastards honest.
- sense 1 of the noun.Example sentences
- No word yet if they'll marry to save the child from bastardy.
- Yes, it is a small organization intent on removing the stigma of bastardy from illegitimate children.
- Local communities, however, punished ordinary persons convicted of bastardy severely, out of fear that bastards might become a financial burden on the parish.
Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin bastardus, probably from bastum 'packsaddle'; compare with Old French fils de bast, 'packsaddle son' (i.e. the son of a mule driver who uses a packsaddle for a pillow and is gone by morning).
Bastard probably derives from medieval Latin bastum ‘packsaddle’ (a horse's saddle which was adapted for supporting loads); the French equivalent was fils de bast or ‘packsaddle son’. The reference was to a loose-living mule driver who used a packsaddle for a pillow and the next morning was off to the next town. See also bat
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