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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. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for blighter
Historical Examples
  • Go and interview this blighter, and then bring him round here.

  • 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.

    Bird of Paradise

    Ada Leverson
  • 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
  • "I bet I knows the blighter what sent that there bomb," he growled.

    Mud and Khaki Vernon Bartlett
  • The obvious obstruction is the obstinate "blighter" with a machine-gun in front of them.

    Old Junk H. M. Tomlinson
  • What he had said on that occasion was, "Hang the blighter; another chance missed!"

    To Kiel in the 'Hercules' Lewis R. Freeman
  • The blighter's always falling asleep and making me do all the flying.

    Dave Dawson with the R.A.F R. Sidney Bowen
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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