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[das-terd-lee] /ˈdæs tərd li/
cowardly; meanly base; sneaking:
a dastardly act.
Origin of dastardly
1560-70; dastard + -ly
Related forms
dastardliness, noun Unabridged
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  • He shouldn't worry: those dastardly immigrants will be there to look after him.
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  • Traditionally, science fiction goes for a sense of wonder with exotic aliens and nifty rocket ships and dastardly villains.
  • Yes, our enemies use and know how to use modern means of communication to plan, coordinate and carry out their dastardly deeds.
  • The evil face of that campaign was the dastardly, maniacal robot.
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  • All that tinkering comes in handy when the trio discovers an evil scientist's dastardly plan to rob a museum.
  • Thus those who are honest have to suffer on account of these dastardly rascals.
  • To conceal the dastardly and inhuman of tense, the body was hidden in a thick place among the leaves and brush.
British Dictionary definitions for dastardly


mean and cowardly
Derived Forms
dastardliness, noun
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Word Origin and History for dastardly

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

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