/ˈbɑːs.təd/, /ˈbæs.tɚd/

  • A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.
  • A mongrel biological cross between different breeds, groups or varieties.
  • (vulgar) A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person.
  • (often) A man, a fellow, a male friend.
  • often preceded by 'poor' A person deserving of pity.
  • (informal) A child who does not know his or her father.
  • (informal) Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
  • A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit.
  • An intermediate-grade file; also bastard file.
  • A sweet wine.
  • A sword that is midway in length between a short-sword and a long sword; also bastard sword.
  • An inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from syrups that have been boiled several times.
  • A large mould for straining sugar.
  • A writing paper of a particular size.
  • (UK) A Eurosceptic Conservative MP, especially in the government of John Major.


Inherited from Middle English bastard derived from bastard (illegitimate child) derived from Frankish *bāst (marriage) derived from Latin bastardus derived from Proto-Germanic *banstuz (tie, bond) derived from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ- (tie, bind, bond, band) affix from English bast.






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