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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: Medieval Latin bastardus, probably from bastum 'saddle for carrying bags'; probably from the idea of a child produced as a result of sex with a traveler

bastard

noun
     
bas‧tard S3 [countable]
1 taboo a very offensive word for someone, especially a man, who you think is unpleasant. Do not use this word.:
You lying bastard!
2 spoken informal not polite a man who you think is very lucky or very unlucky - often used humorously:
He's gone straight to the top, the lucky bastard.
The poor bastard fell off his horse.
3 British English spoken informal something that causes difficulties or problems:
Life's a bastard sometimes.
4 old-fashioned someone who was born to parents who were not married

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