a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.
a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person:
Some bastard slashed the tires on my car.
a person, especially a man:
The poor bastard broke his leg.
something irregular, inferior, spurious, or unusual.
illegitimate in birth.
spurious; not genuine; false:
The architecture was bastard Gothic.
of abnormal or irregular shape or size; of unusual make or proportions:
bastard quartz; bastard mahogany.
having the appearance of; resembling in some degree:
a bastard Michelangelo; bastard emeralds.
Printing. (of a character) not of the font in which it is used or found.
(informal, offensive) an obnoxious or despicable person
(informal, often jocular) a person, esp a man: lucky bastard
(informal) something extremely difficult or unpleasant: that job is a real bastard
(old-fashioned or offensive) a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate baby, child, or adult
something irregular, abnormal, or inferior
a hybrid, esp an accidental or inferior one
(old-fashioned or offensive) illegitimate by birth
irregular, abnormal, or inferior in shape, size, or appearance
resembling a specified thing, but not actually being such: a bastard cedar
“illegitimate child,” early 13c., from Old French bastard (11c., Modern French bâtard), “acknowledged child of a nobleman by a woman other than his wife,” probably from fils de bast “packsaddle son,” meaning a child conceived on an improvised bed (saddles often doubled as beds while traveling), with pejorative ending -art (see -ard). Alternative possibly is that the word is from Proto-Germanic *banstiz “barn,” equally suggestive of low origin.
Not always regarded as a stigma; the Conqueror is referred to in state documents as “William the Bastard.” Figurative sense of “something not pure or genuine” is late 14c.; use as a vulgar term of abuse for a man is attested from 1830. As an adjective from late 14c. Among the “bastard” words in Halliwell-Phillipps’ “Dictionary of Archaic and Provincial Words” are avetrol, chance-bairn, by-blow, harecoppe, horcop, and gimbo (“a bastard’s bastard”).
A man one dislikes or disapproves of, esp a mean, dishonest, self-serving man; prick, son of a bitch (late 1600s+)
Anything unpleasant or arduous; bitch: Ain’t it a bastard the way it keeps raining (1930s+)
In the Old Testament the rendering of the Hebrew word _mamzer’_, which means “polluted.” In Deut. 23:2, it occurs in the ordinary sense of illegitimate offspring. In Zech. 9:6, the word is used in the sense of foreigner. From the history of Jephthah we learn that there were bastard offspring among the Jews (Judg. 11:1-7). In Heb. 12:8, the word (Gr. nothoi) is used in its ordinary sense, and denotes those who do not share the privileges of God’s children.
enough; stop. Historical Examples “basta morti hengo pas tum,” murmured Hal regretfully, hesitating before the sentry. Uncle Sam’s Boys in the Philippines H. Irving Hancock So said the worthy gentleman, and added, in excellent Spanish, “basta!” Wanderings in Corsica, Vol. 1 of 2 Ferdinand Gregorovius Arab forces later took the posts of Fuweila and basta, […]
- Bastard amber
a color of gelatin commonly used in stage lighting, similar to light amber but having a pinkish cast.
- Bastard culverin
a 16th-century cannon, smaller than a culverin, firing a shot of between 5 and 8 pounds (11 and 17.6 kg).
- Bastard eigne
the first-born illegitimate son of parents whose second son was legitimate.