- a contemptible, worthless person, especially a man; scoundrel or rascal.
- a chap; bloke.
Origin of blighter
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Examples from the Web for blighter
Go and interview this blighter, and then bring him round here.The Foundations (Fourth Series Plays)
In which case, cruel to be kind, one simply stunned the blighter.
Perhaps if he did not answer the knock, the blighter might think there was nobody at home.
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.Bird of Paradise
- a fellowwhere's the blighter gone?
- a despicable or irritating person or thing
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Word Origin and History for blighter
1822, "thing which blights," agent noun from blight (v.). British colloquial sense of "contemptible person" (often jocular) is recorded from 1896.
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