- 1 • archaic or • derogatory A person born of parents not married to each other.More example sentences
- 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!
- 2 • informal An unpleasant or despicable person: he lied to me, the bastard!More example sentences
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer; Spanish picaro• informal scumbag, pig, swine, louse, hound, cur, rat, beast, son of a bitch, s.o.b., low life, skunk, nasty piece of work, ratbag, wrong 'unNorth American • informal fink, rat finkWest Indian • informal scampAustralian/New Zealand • informal dingo• informal , • dated cad, heel, rotter, bounder, bad egg, bad lot, dastard, knave, stinker, blighter
- 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.
- 2.1 [with adjective] British A person of a specified kind: he was a lucky bastardMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.2British A difficult or awkward undertaking, situation, or device: it’s been a bastard of a weekMore example sentences
- 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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- 1 • archaic or • derogatory Born of parents not married to each other; illegitimate: a bastard childMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2(Of a thing) no longer in its pure or original form; debased: a bastard DarwinismMore example sentences
- 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.
- 2.1(Of a handwriting script or typeface) showing a mixture of different styles.More example sentences
- 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.
- sense 1 of the noun.More 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).
In the past the word bastard was the standard term in both legal and non-legal use for ‘an illegitimate child’. Today, however, it has little importance as a legal term and is retained in this older sense only as a term of abuse.