From Middle English dastard (“a dullard”), most likely formed from *dast, a base derived from Old Norse dæstr (“exhausted, breathless”) + -ard. Compare Icelandic dasaður (“exhausted”), Swedish dialectal däst (“weary”), Middle Dutch dasaert, daasaardt (“a fool”).
dastard (plural dastards)
- A malicious coward; a dishonorable sneak.
- You are all recreants and dastards, and delight to live in slavery to the nobility.
- meanly shrinking from danger, cowardly, dastardly
- dastard in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- The Free Dictionary: Dastard