Bastard meaning

băstərd
Frequency:
Born to parents not married to each other.
adjective
40
12
A person born to parents not married to each other.
noun
32
8
A person born of parents not married to each other; illegitimate child.
noun
25
10
A person regarded with contempt, hatred, pity, resentment, etc. or, sometimes, with playful affection.
noun
17
5
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.

noun
16
6
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The child of a married woman whose father is not the woman’s husband or whose paternity is not conclusively established.
noun
8
2
Not genuine; sham; inferior.
adjective
6
0
Not genuine; spurious.

A bastard style of architecture.

adjective
5
4
Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.
adjective
4
2
Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.
noun
3
1
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Anything spurious, inferior, or varying from standard.
noun
2
1
Of a size or shape that differs from the normal or standard.
adjective
1
1
That is not truly the designated thing but that closely resembles it.

Gneiss is called bastard granite.

adjective
0
1
Same as illegitimate child. See child.
noun
0
1
Of illegitimate birth or of uncertain origin.
adjective
0
2
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Origin of bastard

  • Middle English from Old French probably of Germanic origin Old Frisian bōst marriage

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition