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[blahy-ter] /ˈblaɪ tər/
noun, British Slang.
a contemptible, worthless person, especially a man; scoundrel or rascal.
a chap; bloke.
Origin of blighter
First recorded in 1815-25; blight + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The blighter threw me off this morning, and Im trying to give him the blinkin toothache.

    Anecdotes of the Great War Carleton Britton Case
  • Go and interview this blighter, and then bring him round here.

  • If your blighter's such a fool as you say, you better go get him.

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

    The Girl on the Boat Pelham Grenville Wodehouse
  • "I bet I knows the blighter what sent that there bomb," he growled.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • 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
  • The blighter is a bit of a wily fox, and judging by his history he's badly wanted.

    A Lively Bit of the Front Percy F. Westerman
  • The sorry part of it was that that "blighter" in trying to get me had shot several other men.

    The Red Watch J. A. Currie
  • It was a blighter's trick to do, when she was paying my school fees.

  • What he had said on that occasion was, "Hang the blighter; another chance missed!"

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules' Lewis R. Freeman
British Dictionary definitions for blighter


noun (Brit, informal)
a fellow: where's the blighter gone?
a despicable or irritating person or thing
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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