- a group of menial workers in the kitchen of a large household.
- the servants of an army.
- camp followers.
verb (used with object)
Origin of blackguard
Synonyms for blackguard
Examples from the Web for blackguard
Historical Examples of blackguard
He meets me at the station, and wants me to go straight home and blackguard Betty.
Then you have to choose between being unhappy or being a blackguard.
Blackguard is a harsh word; but what other will express the idea?Tales And Novels, Volume 9 (of 10)
He had entered the shop at eight o'clock that morning a blackguard as well as a vagabond.Henry Dunbar
M. E. Braddon
"We shall have to get rid of the blackguard at any price," said Pierre in a gloomy tone.The Fortune of the Rougons
- an unprincipled contemptible person; scoundrel
- (as modifier)blackguard language
Word Origin for blackguard
1530s, scullion, kitchen knave. Perhaps once an actual military or guard unit; more likely originally a mock-military reference to scullions and kitchen-knaves of noble households, of black-liveried personal guards, and of shoeblacks. By 1736, sense had emerged of "one of the criminal class." Hence the adjectival use (1784), "of low or worthless character."