- The definition of a bastard is someone whose parents did not marry, or is something that has been changed or is not normal, or is slang for someone who people do not like.
- An example of a bastard is a child who does not know her father.
- An example of something that can be referred to as a bastard is a song that has been poorly remade.
- An example of someone who may be called a bastard is someone who routinely bullies others.
- a person born of parents not married to each other; illegitimate child
- anything spurious, inferior, or varying from standard
- Slang a person regarded with contempt, hatred, pity, resentment, etc. or, sometimes, with playful affection: a vulgar usage
Origin of bastardMiddle English ; from Old French ; from bast- (also in fils de bast) (; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Gothic bansts, barn) + -ard, -ard: hence, one conceived in a barn
- of illegitimate birth or of uncertain origin
- of a size or shape that differs from the normal or standard
- that is not truly the designated thing but that closely resembles it: gneiss is called bastard granite
- not genuine; sham; inferior
- Offensive A person born to parents not married to each other.
- Slang a. A person considered to be mean or contemptible.b. A person, especially one considered to be unfortunate: “crumbling shacks where some poor bastard had tried to raise a family” (Tom Clancy).
- Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.
- Offensive Born to parents not married to each other.
- Not genuine; spurious: a bastard style of architecture.
- Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.
Origin of bastardMiddle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Frisian bōst, marriage.
- A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.
- A mongrel. A biological cross between different breeds, groups or varieties.
- (vulgar, referring to a man) A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person. See asshole, sod.
- Some bastard stole my car while I was helping an injured person.
- 1997, South Park television program
- "Oh my God, they killed Kenny! "You bastards!"
- I'll tell you one thing, you prick bastard, you know what I really hope for, pray for, and wish for?
- This makes them realize they're human and maybe makes them less likely to be insensitive to the people they have to come in contact with because if they act too much like bastards, sooner or later someone is going to pop them one.
- Jesus you are a cold bastard, you know that?
- (often humorous) A man, a fellow, a male friend.
- lucky bastard, poor bastard
- Get over here, you old bastard!
- (often preceded by 'poor') A person deserving of pity.
- Poor bastard, I feel so sorry for him.
- (informal) A child who does not know his or her father.
- (informal) Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
- Life can be a real bastard.
- A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit.
- The architecture was a kind of bastard, suggesting Gothic but not being true Gothic.
- An intermediate-grade file; also bastard file.
- A sweet wine.
- A sword that is midway in length between a short-sword and a long sword; also bastard sword.
- These poor bastards started out life probably in bad or broken homes.
- An inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from syrups that have been boiled several times.
- A large mould for straining sugar.
- A writing paper of a particular size.
- (one born to unmarried parents): Not always regarded as a (religious) stigma (in canon law prohibitive for clerical office without papal indult): Norman duke William, the Conqueror of England, is referred to in state documents as "William the Bastard"; a Burgundian prince was even officially styled Great Bastard of Burgundy.
(comparative more bastard, superlative most bastard)
- of or like a bastard (illegitimate human descendant)
- of or like a bastard (bad person)
- of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross
- of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities (size, shape etc.)
- a bastard musket; a bastard culverin
- spurious, lacking authenticity: counterfeit, fake
- (UK, vulgar) Very unpleasant.
- I've got a bastard headache.
- (printing) Abbreviated, as the half title in a page preceding the full title page of a book.
- (rare, vulgar) Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.
(third-person singular simple present bastards, present participle bastarding, simple past and past participle bastarded)
- (obsolete) To bastardize.
From Middle English bastard, bastarde, from Late Old English bastard (“bastard”), from Anglo-Norman bastard (“illegitimate child”), from Old Low Frankish *bāst (“marriage”) (compare Middle Dutch bast (“lust, heat”)) and derogatory suffix -ard, from Proto-Germanic *banstuz (“bond, tie”) (compare West Frisian boask, boaste (“marriage”)), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (“to tie, bind”); or equivalent to bast + -ard. Cognate with West Frisian bastert (“bastard”), Dutch bastaard (“bastard”), German Bastard (“bastard”), Icelandic bastarður (“bastard”). Probably originally referred to a child from a polygynous marriage of Germanic custom but not sanctioned by the Church.
bastard - Legal Definition
- Same as illegitimate child. See child.
- The child of a married woman whose father is not the woman’s husband or whose paternity is not conclusively established.