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dastardly

[das-terd-lee] /ˈdæs tərd li/
adjective
1.
cowardly; meanly base; sneaking:
a dastardly act.
Origin of dastardly
1560-1570
1560-70; dastard + -ly
Related forms
dastardliness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for dastardly

dastardly

/ˈdæstədlɪ/
adjective
1.
mean and cowardly
Derived Forms
dastardliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dastardly
adj.

1560s, "showing despicable cowardice," originally "dull," from Middle English dastard + -ly (1).

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