black·​guard | \ ˈbla-gərd How to pronounce blackguard (audio) , -ˌgärd; ˈblak-ˌgärd \

Definition of blackguard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete : the kitchen servants of a household
2a : a rude or unscrupulous person
b : a person who uses foul or abusive language


blackguarded; blackguarding; blackguards

Definition of blackguard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to talk about or address in abusive terms

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blackguardism \ ˈbla-​gər-​ˌdi-​zəm How to pronounce blackguard (audio) , -​ˌgär-​ \ noun
blackguardly \ ˈbla-​gərd-​lē How to pronounce blackguard (audio) , -​ˌgärd-​ \ adjective or adverb

Examples of blackguard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Edgar finds work in the hamlet of Dreng’s Ferry with Dreng himself, an all-around blackguard, but eventually Edgar’s intelligence and capability propel him into the building trade. Washington Post, "Ken Follett’s latest epic is among the best audiobooks this month," 17 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of blackguard


1535, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1742, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blackguard was in 1535

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“Blackguard.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of blackguard

old-fashioned + literary : a rude or dishonest man : a man who deserves to be hated

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