Some blackguard or other, I think it was Sybrandt, said, "A lie is not like a blow with a curtal axe."
"I wonder can the blackguard swim," said Felix, who had his rifle ready to fire.
Let me tell you, sir, that if youre not a lunatic, youre a blackguard.
"Jose-Maria is nothing but a blackguard," said the stranger gravely.
I ought to have suspected something when Sterling told me he was getting ten per cent for my money,—the blackguard!
He was sitting quite quietly on his bench until that moment, the blackguard!
You don't mean that this is the blackguard who wrote that account of the defalcation in the Events?
There was no one in sight when we got here; but the blackguard can't be far away!
I'm a blackguard fast enough; but there's no good talking about it.
Every true Englishman, I'm thankful to say, thinks him a scoundrel and a blackguard.
1530s, scullion, kitchen knave. Perhaps once an actual military or guard unit; more likely originally a mock-military reference to scullions and kitchen-knaves of noble households, of black-liveried personal guards, and of shoeblacks. By 1736, sense had emerged of "one of the criminal class." Hence the adjectival use (1784), "of low or worthless character."