- or-artcvb aff. a suffix forming nouns that denote persons who regularly engage in an activity, or who are characterized in a certain way, as indicated by the stem; now usu. pejorative:coward; dullard; drunkard; wizard[/ex]•Etymology: ME < OF, prob. extracted from personal names with 2nd element -ard < Frankish*-hart-lit., strong, hardy, hard
From formal English to slang. 2014.