[ uhn-gahr-did ]
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  1. not guarded; unprotected; undefended.

  2. open; frank; guileless: an unguarded manner.

  1. 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.

  2. not cautious or discreet; careless: In an unguarded moment he had told her about his affair.

  3. without a safeguard, as a cover, barrier, or shield, for protection: an unguarded buzz saw.

Origin of unguarded

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

Other words for unguarded

Other words from unguarded

  • un·guard·ed·ly, adverb
  • un·guard·ed·ness, noun

Words Nearby unguarded

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British Dictionary definitions for unguarded


/ (ʌnˈɡɑːdɪd) /

  1. unprotected; vulnerable

  2. guileless; open; frank

  1. incautious or careless

Derived forms of unguarded

  • unguardedly, adverb
  • unguardedness, noun

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