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

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Goldman, 47, can be disarmingly funny in unguarded moments. Washington Post, "Brother’s death steered Kim Goldman toward life of service," 10 June 2019 And human rights activists in Mexico have long decried the prospect of a U.S.-style militarization of the mostly unguarded 600-mile frontier with Guatemala, long a haven for migrant smugglers and the movement of contraband. latimes.com, "Mexico dodged tariffs but still could face major costs under new U.S. deal," 8 June 2019 One of the sweetest, most unguarded moments was Kit Harington's final scene—and his moved, moving reaction to finishing up one of the most defining roles of his career. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Why Kit Harington's Final 'Game of Thrones' Scene Was So Meaningful," 27 May 2019 The collection serves as a time capsule, before every moment was shared over social media, when things were a little messier, a little more unguarded, and—arguably—more fun. Chris Black, Vogue, "Never-Before-Seen Polaroids of Amy Winehouse, Paris Hilton, and Boots Riley Recall Coachella When It Was Actually Cool," 10 Apr. 2019 Both pride themselves on being mavericks, unguarded, and honest. Kathleen Hou, The Cut, "Why Are People Burning the Ordinary’s Products?," 13 Feb. 2018 Lodeiro waited to draw defenders closer, then slipped a pass to his right where an unguarded Roldan took the ball and fired a laser into the net. Geoff Baker, The Seattle Times, "Sounders get needed early goal en route to blowout of Houston," 8 Oct. 2018 The region's Arab separatists, once only known for nighttime attacks on unguarded oil pipelines, claimed responsibility. Edmund Demarche, Fox News, "Iran warns US, Israel of 'devastating' response after deadly parade attack, report says," 24 Sep. 2018 Jewish cemeteries remain unguarded and in constant danger, as Jewish community members now live far from its cemeteries. Howard Blas, Sun-Sentinel.com, "The worldwide work of saving cemeteries and honoring the Jewish dead," 19 June 2018

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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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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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