A bastard in the law of England and Wales is a person whose parents were not married at the time of his or her birth, or indeed his or her conception should a married couple divorce. Unlike in many other systems of law, there was previously no possibility of post factum legitimisation of a bastard. This situation was changed in 1926.

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  1. A person who was born out of wedlock, and hence often considered an illegitimate descendant.
  2. A mongrel. A biological cross between different breeds, groups or varieties.
  3. A contemptible, inconsiderate, overly or arrogantly rude or spiteful person. See asshole, sod.
    Some bastard stole my car while I was helping an injured person.
    1997, '''' television program
    "Oh my God, they killed Kenny! "You bastards!"
    I'll tell you one thing, you prick bastard, you know what I really hope for, pray for, and wish for?
    This makes them realize they're human and maybe makes them less likely to be insensitive to the people they have to come in contact with because if they act too much like bastards, sooner or later someone is going to pop them one.
    Jesus you are a cold bastard, you know that?
  4. A man, a fellow, a male friend.
    lucky bastard, poor bastard
    Get over here, you old bastard!
  5. (often preceded by 'poor') A person deserving of pity.
    Poor bastard, I feel so sorry for him.
  6. A child who does not know his or her father.
  7. Something extremely difficult or unpleasant to deal with.
    Life can be a real bastard.
  8. A variation that is not genuine; something irregular or inferior or of dubious origin, fake or counterfeit.
    The architecture was a kind of bastard, suggesting Gothic but not being true Gothic.
  9. An intermediate-grade file; also bastard file.
  10. A sweet wine.
  11. A sword that is midway in length between a short-sword and a long sword; also bastard sword.
    These poor bastards started out life probably in bad or broken homes.
  12. An inferior quality of soft brown sugar, obtained from syrups that have been boiled several times.
  13. A large mould for straining sugar.
  14. A writing paper of a particular size.


  1. To bastardize.


  1. of or like a bastard (illegitimate human descendant)
  2. of or like a bastard (bad person)
  3. of or like a mongrel, bastardized creature/cross
  4. of abnormal, irregular or otherwise inferior qualities (size, shape etc.)
    a bastard musket; a bastard culverin
  5. spurious, lacking authenticity: counterfeit, fake
  6. Very unpleasant.
    I've got a bastard headache.
  7. Abbreviated, as the half title in a page preceding the full title page of a book.



  1. Exclamation of strong dismay or strong sense of being upset.

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