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dastard

[das-terd] /ˈdæs tərd/
noun
1.
a mean, sneaking coward.
adjective
2.
of or befitting a dastard; mean, sneaky, and cowardly.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English < ?.
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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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dastard

/ˈdæstəd/
noun
1.
(archaic) a contemptible sneaking coward
Word Origin
C15 (in the sense: dullard): probably from Old Norse dæstr exhausted, out of breath
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Word Origin and History for dastard
n.

mid-15c., "one who is lazy or dull;" an English formation on a French model, probably from *dast, "dazed," past participle of dasen "to daze" (see daze (v.)) + deprecatory suffix -ard. Meaning "one who shirks from danger" is late 15c.

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