Costard Cos"tard (k?s"t?rd), n. [Prob. fr. OF. coste rib, side, F. c[^o]te, and meaning orig., a ribbed apple, from the ribs or angles on its sides. See {Coast}.] 1. An apple, large and round like the head. [1913 Webster]

Some [apples] consist more of air than water . . .; others more of water than wind, as your costards and pomewaters. --Muffett. [1913 Webster]

2. The head; -- used contemptuously. [1913 Webster]

Try whether your costard or my bat be the harder. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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