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ˈdæs tərd lidas·tard·ly

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. dastard(a), dastardlyadjective

    despicably cowardly

    "the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on...December 7th"- F.D. Roosevelt


  1. dastardlyadjective

    in the manner of a dastard; marked by cowardice; pusillanimous

  2. dastardlyadjective

    treacherous; given to backstabbing

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Dastardlyadjective

    Cowardly; mean; timorous.

    Etymology: from dastard.

    This way of brawl and clamour is so arrant a mark of a dastardly wretch, that he does as good as call himself so that uses it. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. dastardly

    Dick Dastardly is a fictional character who has appeared in various animated series by Hanna-Barbera Productions from 1968 onward. Dastardly's most famous appearances are in the series Wacky Races (his initial appearance) and its spin-off, Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines. He is partly based on the English actor Terry-Thomas.The character was originally voiced by Paul Winchell, using a characterization that Winchell would also employ several years later to voice the Smurfs' nemesis Gargamel. Winchell's facial structures were caricatured in the related character design as well. In a live action version played by British actor Porter Flynn a prosthetic nose and chin were employed to replicate Dastardly's exaggerated features from the original cartoon. In subsequent depictions of the character, Dick Dastardly was voiced by Rob Paulsen and by Jim Cummings (the latter of whom was notable for voicing other characters previously voiced by Winchell, including Tigger and Zummi Gummi). Dastardly's catchphrases in the cartoons were "Muttley, do something!", "Drat, and double drat!" and occasionally "Triple drat!" or "Curses, foiled again!", otherwise.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Dastardlyadjective

    meanly timid; cowardly; base; as, a dastardly outrage

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of dastardly in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of dastardly in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of dastardly in a Sentence

  1. Narendra Modi:

    Pained beyond words on the dastardly attack on peaceful Amarnath pilgrims in Jammu and Kashmir, the attack deserves strongest condemnation from everyone.

  2. Hillary Clinton:

    The people who do this kind of dastardly horrible act are very small percentage, but unfortunately the public discourse is sometimes hotter and more negative than it should be, which can, in my opinion, trigger people who are less than stable to do something like what we've seen.

  3. Yoshihide Suga:

    It was an extremely dastardly act.

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