A dishonorable or despicable person.
- The German player also seeks to reinsure the treaty by tying in the Swedish matter because he cannot rely on Russian compliance simply because the deal is good for both countries; that is, he must protect against fools as well as dastards.
- You're one of those estate agent dastards - bumping up house prices beyond the reach of young working couples.
- Victor Fisher, on hand outside the hall, charged the dissenting delegates with being ‘dastards and cowards, some of whom… were the paid agents of the enemy, and.., traitors not only to their country but to civilisation.’
Late Middle English (in the sense 'stupid person'): probably from dazed, influenced by dotard and bastard.
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