Definition of bastard noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbɑːstəd//
    , BrE//ˈbæstəd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbæstərd//
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  1. 1(taboo, slang) used to insult somebody, especially a man, who has been rude, unpleasant or cruel He's a real bastard. You bastard! You've made her cry.
  2. 2(British English, slang) a word that some people use about or to somebody, especially a man, who they feel very jealous of or sorry for What a lucky bastard! You poor bastard!
  3. 3(British English, slang) used about something that causes difficulties or problems It's a bastard of a problem.
  4. 4(old-fashioned, disapproving) a person whose parents were not married to each other when he or she was born
  5. Word OriginMiddle English: via Old French from medieval Latin bastardus, probably from bastum ‘packsaddle’, a horse's saddle used to support loads; compare with Old French fils de bast, literally ‘packsaddle son’ (i.e. the son of a mule driver who uses a packsaddle for a pillow and is gone by morning).Extra examples He’s a complete bastard. The poor little bastard! You lucky bastard! I wish I was going on holiday too. Your boss is a bit of a bastard, isn’t he? You bastard! You’ve made her cry.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bastard