dastard

[das-terd]
noun
1.
a mean, sneaking coward.
adjective
2.
of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < ?.

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dastard (ˈdæstəd)
 
n
archaic a contemptible sneaking coward
 
[C15 (in the sense: dullard): probably from Old Norse dæstr exhausted, out of breath]

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dastard
mid-15c., "one who is lazy or dull;" an English formation on a French model, probably from *dast, "dazed," pp. of dasen "to daze" + (see daze) + deprecatory suffix -ard. Meaning "one who shirks from danger" is late 15c.
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Later, our enterprising scout captures that low dastard and offers him as a hostage for the chief's brother, whom he has killed.
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