un·​guard·​ed | \ ˌən-ˈgär-dəd How to pronounce unguarded (audio) \

Definition of unguarded

1 : vulnerable to attack : unprotected
2 : free from guile or wariness : direct, incautious unguarded remarks

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Other Words from unguarded

unguardedly adverb
unguardedness noun

Examples of unguarded in a Sentence

I let the secret about the surprise party spill out in an unguarded moment. the swimming coach quickly regretted his unguarded comments about the young swimmer's limitations
Recent Examples on the Web There is something — many things — so unguarded about Halsey. Allure, 14 July 2021 With a national lifeguard shortage, almost all of Milwaukee County's beaches are unguarded this year, meaning that beachgoers have to be more aware of their surroundings and potentially dangerous situations. Brittany Trang, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2 July 2021 Because many swimming areas are left unguarded, authorities have warned people to be acutely aware of their surroundings and potentially dangerous situations in the water. D.l. Davis, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 3 July 2021 Sleeping people are an unguarded buffet for the insects, which are attracted to carbon dioxide. Max G. Levy, Wired, 30 June 2021 In person, Goldsberry is incisive, unguarded, an absolute hoot and youthful in the way that suggests sorcery and midnight bargains. New York Times, 24 May 2021 The 36-year-old Fleury did his best to move on after his misplaying of the puck along the end boards led to Montreal’s Josh Anderson scoring into an unguarded net to tie the game with 1:55 remaining. John Wawrow, ajc, 19 June 2021 Grayson Moniz ran down the field unguarded with 26.9 seconds left in overtime and scored to give the Trojans the Class M title. Sara Tidwell, courant.com, 12 June 2021 Even in a debut season of misfortune, not even Werner could miss in the 28th minute when presented with an unguarded net to head into from close range after Kai Havertz had lobbed former Chelsea goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois and hit the crossbar. Rob Harris, ajc, 6 May 2021

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First Known Use of unguarded

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of unguarded was circa 1593

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17 Jul 2021

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“Unguarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguarded. Accessed 3 Aug. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unguarded

: speaking carelessly without thinking about what you are saying : direct and honest especially when you should be cautious
: not protected or watched over

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