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blighter

[blahy-ter] /ˈblaɪ tər/
noun, British Slang.
1.
a contemptible, worthless person, especially a man; scoundrel or rascal.
2.
a chap; bloke.
Origin of blighter
1815-1825
First recorded in 1815-25; blight + -er1
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  • 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

blighter

/ˈblaɪtə/
noun (Brit, informal)
1.
a fellow: where's the blighter gone?
2.
a despicable or irritating person or thing
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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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