- 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
Examples from the Web for blackguard
But I did not tell you to pick my choice pippins and throw them across the river to every blackguard boy you see.Quicksilver|George Manville Fenn
Who asked you to come into my shop to blackguard the things?The Mirror of Kong Ho|Ernest Bramah
Or, to a friend of soldiering days: "Four blackguard boys and only a brace of the Plentiful Sex!"Mount Music|E. Oe. Somerville and Martin Ross
Juanito wanted to find the blackguard and make him swallow that “consumptive.”The Reign of Greed|Jose Rizal
He has exonerated himself, and no doubt, when confronted with Hervey, will be able to silence that blackguard.The Green Mummy|Fergus Hume
- 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."