[ uhn-gahr-did ]
/ ʌnˈgɑr dɪd /


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

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


/ (ʌnˈɡɑːdɪd) /


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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