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A sneaking, malicious coward.
[Middle English, probably alteration of Old Norse dæstr, exhausted, from past participle of dæsa, to languish, decay.]
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archaic a contemptible sneaking coward
[C15 (in the sense: dullard): probably from Old Norse dæstr exhausted, out of breath]
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a mean, sneaking coward.
[1400–50; late Middle English, akin to Middle English dasard term of contempt, perhaps derivative of dasen daze]
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|Noun||1.||dastard - a despicable coward|
coward - a person who shows fear or timidity
|Adj.||1.||dastard - despicably cowardly; "the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th"- F.D. Roosevelt|
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