1derogatory An unpleasant or despicable person.
scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doerView synonyms
- ‘he lied to me, the bastard!’
- 1.1informal with adjective A person of a specified kind.
person, human being, human, being, mortal, soul, creature, thingView synonyms
- ‘he was a lucky bastard’
- ‘the poor bastard’
- 1.2British informal A difficult or awkward undertaking, situation, or device.
- ‘it's been a bastard of a week’
2archaic, derogatory A person born of parents not married to each other.illegitimate child, child born out of wedlockView synonyms
1(of a thing) no longer in its pure or original form; debased.
hybrid, alloyedView synonyms
- ‘a bastard Darwinism’
- 1.1(of a handwriting script or typeface) showing a mixture of different styles.
2archaic, derogatory Born of parents not married to each other; illegitimate.
illegitimate, born out of wedlockView synonyms
- ‘a bastard child’
In the past the word bastard was the standard term in both legal and nonlegal use for ‘an illegitimate child’. Today, however, it has little importance as a legal term and is retained in this older sense only as a term of abuse
Middle English via Old French from medieval Latin bastardus, probably from bastum ‘packsaddle’; compare with Old French fils de bast, ‘packsaddle son’ (i.e. the son of a mule driver who uses a packsaddle for a pillow and is gone by morning).