Dastard

  • 1 Dastard — Das tard, a. Meanly shrinking from danger; cowardly; dastardly. Their dastard souls. Addison. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 2 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… …

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  • 3 Dastard — Das tard, v. t. To dastardize. [R.] Dryden. [1913 Webster] …

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  • 4 dastard — mid 15c., one who is lazy or dull; an English formation on a French model, probably from *dast, dazed, pp. of dasen to daze + (see DAZE (Cf. daze)) + deprecatory suffix ARD (Cf. ard). Meaning one who shirks from danger is late 15c …

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  • 5 dastard — [das′tərd] n. [ME, a craven, prob. < Scand base, as in ON dasast, to become exhausted (see DAZE) + ME ard, ARD] a sneaky, cowardly evildoer …

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  • 6 dastard — /das teuhrd/, n. 1. a mean, sneaking coward. adj. 2. of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly. [1400 50; late ME < ?.] * * * …

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  • 7 dastard — 1. noun /ˈdæstəd,ˈdæstɚd/ A malicious coward. 2. adjective /ˈdæstəd,ˈdæstɚd/ meanly shrinking from danger, cowardly, dastardly Observe, too, that this is all a modern affair; belongs not to th …

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  • 8 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 …

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  • 9 dastard — noun Etymology: Middle English Date: 15th century 1. coward 2. a person who acts treacherously or underhandedly …

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  • 10 dastard — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun An ignoble, uncourageous person: coward, craven, funk, poltroon. Slang: chicken, yellow belly. See FEAR …

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

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  • 12 dastard — [ dastəd, dα: ] noun dated or humorous a dishonourable or despicable person. Origin ME: prob. from dazed, influenced by dotard and bastard …

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  • 13 dastard — I. n. Coward, poltroon, craven, recreant, milksop. II. a. Cowardly, pusillanimous, craven, recreant, coward, cowering, base, dastardly …

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  • 14 dastard — n 1. coward, craven, poltroon, recreant; cur, Inf. meany, base fellow, worm, Archaic. caitiff, Archaic. niddering; sneak, shirker, yellow belly, mouse, baby; weakling, milksop, Milquetoast, mollycoddle. adj 2. cowardly, craven, mean, dastardly.… …

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  • 15 dastard — das·tard …

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  • 16 dastard — das•tard [[t]ˈdæs tərd[/t]] n. a mean, sneaking coward • Etymology: 1400–50; late ME, akin to ME dasard term of contempt, perh. der. of dasen daze …

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  • 17 dastard — /ˈdæstəd/ (say dastuhd) noun 1. a mean, sneaking coward. –adjective 2. mean and sneaking; cowardly. {Middle English; from dast (? variant of dazed, past participle of daze) + ard} …

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  • 18 dastard plover — Lapwing Lap wing , n. [OE. lapwynke, leepwynke, AS. hle[ a]pewince; hle[ a]pan to leap, jump + (prob.) a word akin to AS. wincian to wink, E. wink, AS. wancol wavering; cf. G. wanken to stagger, waver. See {Leap}, and {Wink}.] (Zo[ o]l.) A small… …

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  • 19 The Dastard — Infobox Book | name = The Dastard image caption = author = Piers Anthony country = United States language = English cover artist = Darrell K. Sweet Carol Russo Design genre = Fantasy novel publisher = Tor Books release date = October 2000 media… …

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  • 20 Centaur family of Xanth — For more characters of the Xanth series by Piers Anthony, see [[:List of Xanth characters]]. The Centaur family served as major characters in the Xanth series by Piers Anthony.[1]     …

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