Dastard Das"tard (d[a^]s"t[~e]rd), n. [Prob. from Icel. d[ae]str exhausted. breathless, p. p. of d[ae]sa to groan, lose one's breath; cf. dasask to become exhausted, and E. daze.] One who meanly shrinks from danger; an arrant coward; a poltroon. [1913 Webster]

You are all recreants and dashtards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • dastard — I noun a despicable coward • Derivationally related forms: ↑dastardly • Hypernyms: ↑coward II adjective despicably cowardly the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th F.D. Roosevelt …   Useful english dictionary

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  • dastard — das·tard || dæstÉ™d n. coward; mean person …   English contemporary dictionary

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