un·​guard·​ed ˌən-ˈgär-dəd How to pronounce unguarded (audio)
: vulnerable to attack : unprotected
: free from guile or wariness : direct, incautious
unguarded remarks
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
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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1593, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of unguarded was circa 1593

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“Unguarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguarded. Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

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un·​guard·​ed ˌən-ˈgärd-əd How to pronounce unguarded (audio)
: open to attack : unprotected
: not cautious : unwary
unguarded comments
unguardedly adverb

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