not guarded; unprotected; undefended.
open; frank; guileless: an unguarded manner.
exposed to attack or capture by the opponent without recourse by the player, as a card, chess piece, etc.: an unguarded queen of clubs; an unguarded pawn.
not cautious or discreet; careless: In an unguarded moment he had told her about his affair.
without a safeguard, as a cover, barrier, or shield, for protection: an unguarded buzz saw.

Nearby words

  1. ungrammatical,
  2. ungrateful,
  3. ungrudging,
  4. ungt.,
  5. ungual,
  6. unguent,
  7. unguentum,
  8. unguiculate,
  9. unguided,
  10. unguinal

Origin of unguarded

First recorded in 1585–95; un-1 + guarded

Related formsun·guard·ed·ly, adverbun·guard·ed·ness, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for unguarded



unprotected; vulnerable
guileless; open; frank
incautious or careless
Derived Formsunguardedly, adverbunguardedness, noun

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Word Origin and History for unguarded



1590s, "not furnished with a guard," from un- (1) "not" + guarded. Sense of "not on one's guard, not taking heed" is attested from 1630s.

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