Origin of dastardME, a craven, probably from Scandinavian base, as in Old Norse dasast, to become exhausted (see daze) + Middle English -ard, -ard
Origin of dastardMiddle English probably alteration of Old Norse dæstr exhausted from past participle of dæsa to languish, decay
(comparative more dastard, superlative most dastard)
(third-person singular simple present dastards, present participle dastarding, simple past and past participle dastarded)
- To dastardize.
From Middle English, most likely from Old Norse dæstr (“exhausted”).