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.

1250–1300; Middle English < Anglo-French bastard, Medieval Latin bastardus (from 11th century), perhaps < Germanic (Ingvaeonic) *bāst-, presumed variant of *bōst- marriage + Old French -ard -ard, taken as signifying the offspring of a polygynous marriage to a woman of lower status, a pagan tradition not sanctioned by the church; compare Old Frisian bost marriage < Germanic *bandstu-, a noun derivative of Indo-European *bhendh- bind; the traditional explanation of Old French bastard as derivative of fils de bast “child of a packsaddle” is doubtful on chronological and geographical grounds

6. fake, imitation, imperfect, sham, irregular, phony. Unabridged
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bastard (ˈbɑːstəd, ˈbæs-)
1.  informal, offensive an obnoxious or despicable person
2.  informal, jocular often a person, esp a man: lucky bastard
3.  informal something extremely difficult or unpleasant: that job is a real bastard
4.  old-fashioned, offensive or a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate baby, child, or adult
5.  something irregular, abnormal, or inferior
6.  a hybrid, esp an accidental or inferior one
7.  old-fashioned, offensive or illegitimate by birth
8.  irregular, abnormal, or inferior in shape, size, or appearance
9.  resembling a specified thing, but not actually being such: a bastard cedar
10.  counterfeit; spurious
[C13: from Old French bastart, perhaps from bast in the phrase fils de bast son of the packsaddle (that is, of an unlawful and not the marriage bed), from Medieval Latin bastum packsaddle, of uncertain origin]

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Word Origin & History

early 13c., "illegitimate child," from O.Fr. bastard (11c., Mod.Fr. 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 P.Gmc. *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 is from 1550s; use as a vulgar term of abuse for a man is attested from 1830.
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Bastard definition

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.

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