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blighter

[blahy-ter]
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noun British Slang.
  1. a contemptible, worthless person, especially a man; scoundrel or rascal.
  2. a chap; bloke.

Origin of blighter

First recorded in 1815–25; blight + -er1
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Examples from the Web for blighter

Historical Examples

  • Go and interview this blighter, and then bring him round here.

    The Foundations (Fourth Series Plays)

    John Galsworthy

  • In which case, cruel to be kind, one simply stunned the blighter.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • Perhaps if he did not answer the knock, the blighter might think there was nobody at home.

    The Girl on the Boat

    Pelham Grenville Wodehouse

  • For Heaven's sake don't let's talk any more about the blighter.

    Jill the Reckless

    P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse

  • She insulted him, called him a blighter, a silly ass, a mass of affectation.


British Dictionary definitions for blighter

blighter

noun British informal
  1. a fellowwhere's the blighter gone?
  2. a despicable or irritating person or thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for blighter

n.

1822, "thing which blights," agent noun from blight (v.). British colloquial sense of "contemptible person" (often jocular) is recorded from 1896.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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