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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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(ˈdæs tərd)

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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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.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
cowardly, fearful - lacking courage; ignobly timid and faint-hearted; "cowardly dogs, ye will not aid me then"- P.B.Shelley
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An ignoble, uncourageous person:
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References in classic literature ?
She is not a woman to be flattered because I made myself despicable-- to believe that I must be true to her because I was a dastard to you."
Liar and scoundrel you are, in every action of your life; theft is your trade; and double dastard you must be, or you were not here today.
Since, if base fear his dastard step withdraws, From death he cannot fly:--One common grave Receives, at last, the coward and the brave.'"
"O dastard coward!" Stutely cried, "Faint-hearted peasant slave!
"O thou dastard heart!" cried Will Stutely, gnashing his teeth at the Sheriff.
"Oh, dastard hand," Peter said, and he raised the arrow to use it as a dagger.
And now, my friends - my labouring friends, for I rejoice and triumph in that stigma - my friends whose hard but honest beds are made in toil, and whose scanty but independent pots are boiled in hardship; and now, I say, my friends, what appellation has that dastard craven taken to himself, when, with the mask torn from his features, he stands before us in all his native deformity, a What?
'Yes, you pitiful dastard,' retorted the lovely damsel, 'I understand you.
For, he was quite as much of a dastard as the other, and had been in equal danger of falling into the second place for good, when he took heart just in time, to act upon the information conveyed to him by Fledgeby's eye.
Then, having said everything that could stir a man's spleen or pique his valor, they would dare their imaginary hearers, now that the Bannacks were few in number, to come and take their revenge--receiving no reply to this valorous bravado, they would conclude by all kinds of sneers and insults, deriding the Blackfeet for dastards and poltroons, that dared not accept their challenge.
On one theme, which is commonly before our eyes, and in respect of which our national character is changing fast, let the plain Truth be spoken, and let us not, like dastards, beat about the bush by hinting at the Spaniard and the fierce Italian.
These are neither my words nor from any Pakistani official source, but from the international media uniformly critical of the dastard Indian move which by default has brought alive the latent but potentially volatile issue of the State of Jammu and Kashmir under Indian occupation.