-ard

1.
a suffix forming nouns that denote persons who regularly engage in an activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem; now usually pejorative:
"coward; dullard; drunkard; wizard."
Also, -art.
Origin
Middle English < Old French, probably extracted from Frankish compound personal names; compare Old High German Adalhart (French Alard), Bernhart (French Bernard), with 2nd element -hart literally, strong, hardy, hard (cognate with Old English -heard in names), often merely as intensifier of quality denoted in 1st element.
British Dictionary definitions for -ard
-ard or -art
 
suffix forming nouns
indicating a person who does something, esp to excess, or is characterized by a certain quality: braggart; drunkard; dullard
 
[via Old French from Germanic -hard (literally: hardy, bold), the final element in many Germanic masculine names, such as Bernhard Bernard, Gerhart Gerard, etc]
 
-art or -art
 
suffix forming nouns
 
[via Old French from Germanic -hard (literally: hardy, bold), the final element in many Germanic masculine names, such as Bernhard Bernard, Gerhart Gerard, etc]

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Word Origin and History for -ard
-ard
also -art, from O.Fr. -ard, -art, from Ger. -hard, -hart "hardy," often forming the second element in personal names, used as an intensifier, but in M.H.G. and Du. used as a pejorative element in common nouns, and thus passing into M.E. in bastard, coward, etc. It thus became a living element in English, e.g. buzzard, drunkard.
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