- 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.
Origin of unguarded
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Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018
Related Wordsspontaneous, candid, indiscreet, offhand, accessible, artless, careless, casual, direct, foolhardy, frank, headlong, heedless, honest, impolitic, imprudent, impulsive, incautious, ingenuous, naive
Examples from the Web for unguarded
I happened to run into the superintendent the day we got the news, and blurted out a question in an unguarded moment.A Million Ways to Die in Prison
December 8, 2014
The curtained-off “backstage” area is unguarded and chaotic.And The Escort of The Year Is… Backstage at The Sex Oscars
March 24, 2014
As the agent looked down to read the message, Todashev apparently took the unguarded instant as opportunity.How Local Police Missed a Chance to Stop Tamerlan Tsarnaev in 2011
July 12, 2013
That kind of unguarded remark also feeds perceptions that the mainstream media is biased against Romney.Yahoo Cans Staffer for Anti-Romney Slam
August 29, 2012
People are unguarded around her, which will prove to be interesting.‘Game of Thrones’: Esmé Bianco Talks About Ros, Sexposition, Nudity, and More
May 18, 2012
Come, if you have done it in an unguarded moment there is no help for it!A Hero of Our Time
M. Y. Lermontov
Clearetus the captain learnt of this place, that it was but a little one and unguarded.Anabasis
She knew music too, and in an unguarded moment Peter admitted that he had studied.The Vagrant Duke
Yet here in the turret, unguarded by insulation, I could say nothing.
In other words, he bided his time, and when he did strike, struck at an unguarded place.In the Days of Drake
J. S. Fletcher
- unprotected; vulnerable
- guileless; open; frank
- incautious or careless
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Word Origin and History for unguarded
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