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bas·tard  audio  (bstrd) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. A child born out of wedlock.
  2. Something that is of irregular, inferior, or dubious origin.
  3. Slang A person, especially one who is held to be mean or disagreeable.
ADJECTIVE:
  1. Born of unwed parents; illegitimate.
  2. Not genuine; spurious: a bastard style of architecture.
  3. Resembling a known kind or species but not truly such.

ETYMOLOGY:
Middle English, from Old French, probably of Germanic origin; akin to Old Frisian bst, marriage

OTHER FORMS:
bastard·ly(Adjective)


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