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 Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blighter

Historical Examples of blighter

  • 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

British Dictionary definitions for blighter


noun British informal

a fellowwhere's the blighter gone?
a despicable or irritating person or thing
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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