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Definition of "bastard" []

  • A child born out of wedlock. (noun)
  • Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin. (noun)
  • Slang A person, especially one who is held to be mean or disagreeable. (noun)
  • Born of unwed parents; illegitimate. (adjective)
  • Not genuine; spurious: a bastard style of architecture. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bastard" in a sentence
  • "Newcomer Kit Harington tells TVGuide that he had to learn to embrace the term "bastard," which is used quite frequently and openly in the series to describe his character Jon Snow, the illegitimate son of Winterfell's Lord Ned Stark Sean Bean."
  • ""I don't care what you call the bastard," Joe said."
  • "It evoked the word bastard: "something that is spurious, irregular, inferior or of questionable origin.""