• Of or like a bastard .
  • Of or like a bastard .
  • Of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross.
  • Of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities .
  • Spurious, lacking authenticity: counterfeit, fake.
  • imperfect; not spoken or written well or in the classical style; broken.
  • Very unpleasant.
  • Abbreviated, as the half title in a page preceding the full title page of a book.
  • Consisting of one predominant color blended with small amounts of complementary color; used to replicate natural light because of their warmer appearance.


  • Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.



Opposite words

  • legitimate


  • From Middle English bastard, bastarde, from Anglo-Norman bastard, from Frankish *bāst (probably via Medieval Latin bastardus; compare Middle Dutch bast) and derogatory suffix -ard, from Proto-Germanic *banstuz (compare West Frisian boask, boaste), from Proto-Indo-European *bʰendʰ-; or equivalent to bast + -ard. Cognate with French bâtard, West Frisian bastert, Dutch bastaard, German Bastard, Icelandic bastarður. Probably originally referred to a child from a polygynous marriage of heathen Germanic custom — a practice not sanctioned by the Christian churches. Related to boose.
  • Alternatively, the Old French form may originate from the term fils de bast, meaning a child conceived on an improvised bed (medieval saddles often doubled as beds while traveling).

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