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 The Red Sox telecasts on NESN shine when Dennis Eckersley and Jerry Remy are unguarded and candid. BostonGlobe.com, "Has the condensed 2020 season caught up with major leaguers in 2021?," 24 Apr. 2021 The White House has denied the word applies, but Biden and spokeswoman Jen Psaki have both used the word in unguarded moments, prompting walk-back efforts. Joseph Simonson, Washington Examiner, "Politico forbids 'crisis' when describing border surge, despite Biden's own use," 22 Apr. 2021 We are tasked with questioning when it’s safe, more or less, to be unguarded, and since Amira’s food is her art, there are plenty of fragile emotions to play with. Los Angeles Times, "A video game celebrates Ramadan through food and explores personal boundaries," 12 Apr. 2021 Then, of course, finding unguarded moments with him was the goal. Lauren Puckett, Town & Country, "Hulu's WeWork Doc Director Jed Rothstein on the Mythology and Tragedy of the Unicorn's Downfall," 4 Apr. 2021 The celebration officially started for the Rangers when senior midfielder Sullivan Scott picked the unguarded left side of the net for the clincher. Greg Riddle, Dallas News, "Soccer playoff roundup: Freshman goalie comes up big for Flower Mound Marcus girls; Jesuit boys win thriller in shootout," 3 Apr. 2021 Pandemic babies, born or conceived amid this global crisis, might not need to navigate their earliest days entirely unguarded—one of the few windfalls new parents have gotten this year. Katherine J. Wu, The Atlantic, "New Parents Are Now Vaccinating for Two," 31 Mar. 2021 But Hanage emphasizes that inducing immunity by leaving people to contract the virus unguarded is a mistake. Luke Taylor, Scientific American, "A City in Brazil’s Amazon Rain Forest Is a Stark Warning about COVID to the Rest of the World," 29 Mar. 2021 Beard, meanwhile, had made a lengthy series of concerns to Ward about election procedures, such as ballots left unguarded and insufficient tracking of ballots. Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic, "Arizona Republican Party, chair Kelli Ward sued over refusal to audit her election," 13 Mar. 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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6 May 2021

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“Unguarded.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguarded. Accessed 15 May. 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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