Adjective "bastard" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


An unpleasant or despicable person.
  1. 'I need to stop trying to change people who like being rat bastards.'
  2. 'So we like to judge our actions as those of good people dealing with ‘the real world’, instead of as natural bastards doing what bastards do naturally.'
  3. 'I hate being helpless when those rich powerful bastards beat mother.'
  4. 'But although her father hadn't been bad to her, he'd been a complete bastard to her mother, and she hated him for that.'
  5. 'Those little bastards who criticise me don't understand.'
  6. 'Had he refused to cooperate, she would have labelled him ‘a bastard, a fascist, an idiot,’ as was her wont.'
  7. 'All these years I comforted myself by telling myself that I was too good for the irresponsible man, and that I didn't need the good-for-nothing bastard.'
  8. 'Names have been changed to protect the bastard.'
  9. 'Mostly, though, they're bastards but one of them is your bastard.'
  10. 'The bastards won't change their behaviour until their business goes under because all the good workers have gone to good employers.'
  11. 'he was a lucky bastard'
  12. 'I'm desperate to see whether Yoichi finally gets a lucky break - poor little bastard.'
  13. 'I was only trying to be friendly, the poor little bastards must've been starving if nobody was feeding them.'
  14. 'Even Leo's not half bad in it despite the fact the poor squeaky bastard never has a chance against DDL.'
  15. 'The poor little bastard's still out there somewhere.'
  16. 'He laid down his card and agreed, ‘Lucky bastard.’'
  17. 'It's not going to be my fault when some poor, watermarked bastard gets dragged off to Guantanamo Bay.'
  18. 'He glanced back one more time to his friends in time to catch Alan mouth the words, ‘Lucky bastard.’'
  19. 'You know Kashiro, unlike you I am a poor weak bastard.'
  20. 'After taking ages to get ready, and a bastard of a commute, we were running late.'
  21. 'Avant garde/underground short films are an absolute bastard to get hold of.'
  22. 'And for three skinny fellows, they make an absolute bastard of a guitar racket.'
  23. 'After all my rabbiting on about the foolishness of those plebs who choose to spurn the way of the Proper Bow Tie, I've had a bastard of a time for the last couple of days figuring out how the heck you actually tie one.'
  24. 'This was an absolute bastard (the descent was also a bit hairy due to a strong sidewind).'
  25. 'If you want my opinion, it's a bastard of a game - swift, bold and beautiful.'
  26. 'Golf is a bastard of a game.'
  27. 'Of course, next time I post I'll probably be sitting here nursing a bastard of a hangover and a misanthropic grudge against the universe as per usual, so make the most of it.'
A person born of parents not married to each other.
  1. 'For one, a bastard is a child conceived out of wedlock, which you weren't, and for second, I'm sure your parents had every intention of conceiving you.'
  2. 'He talked to him and convinced him that this wedding should take place as soon as possible because his bride does not want their son to be born a bastard.'


(of a thing) no longer in its pure or original form; debased.
  1. 'And speaking of which, after a fashion, experiments with new routes into work took me past Chariots, which looks from the outside like the bastard lovechild of a Greek restaurant and an auto repair shop.'
  2. 'I'm guessing that the bug I swallowed this morning was a hybrid of sorts, a bastard child conceived of a drunken cricket and a desperate ladybug.'
  3. '‘People don't see comedy as an art form, they see it as the bastard son of storytelling,’ he says after we've reached the cafe and ordered the coffee.'
  4. 'Along the way, however, the reader gets a crash course in early comic strips, and it is within the literary tradition of this bastard medium that he defiantly sets his work.'
  5. 'It’s a bastard typeface, each character stands alone as an independent angular structure.'
  6. 'The Bastard Secretary Hand represents a variation of the Bastard hand, a reform of the court hand, developed in the early 14th century in an attempt to reform the by-now deteriorated standard court hand.'
Born of parents not married to each other; illegitimate.
  1. 'While the first movie does have more of an adult theme to it (uh, she birthed a bastard child from a married family man), the last two lend themselves to more of a family audience.'
  2. 'Albert plays Jack, a man who must face up to the fact that he is the bastard child of a rock star.'
  3. 'The closest thing to nobility found in our ranks is the bastard son of a petty knight (the captain).'


1. a person born of unmarried parents; an illegitimate child.

2. Slang. a vicious, despicable, or thoroughly disliked person: Some bastard slashed the tires on my car. a person, especially a man: The poor bastard broke his leg.

3. something irregular, inferior, spurious, or unusual.

4. bastard culverin. adjective

5. illegitimate in birth.

6. spurious; not genuine; false: The architecture was bastard Gothic.

7. of abnormal or irregular shape or size; of unusual make or

More examples(as adjective)

"sons can be bastard."

"children can be bastard."

"videos can be bastard."

"people can be bastard."

"backs can be bastard."

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Middle English: via Old French from medieval Latin bastardus, probably from bastum ‘packsaddle’; compare with Old French fils de bast, ‘packsaddle son’ (i.e. the son of a mule driver who uses a packsaddle for a pillow and is gone by morning).


(as) happy (or lucky, miserable, etc.) as a bastard on Father's Day
keep the bastards honest