blackguard

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EtymologyEdit

From black +‎ guard, thought to have referred originally to the scullions and lower menials of a court, or of a nobleman's household, who wore black liveries or blacked shoes and boots, or were often stained with soot.

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NounEdit

blackguard (plural blackguards)

  1. (old-fashioned, usually used only of men) A scoundrel; an unprincipled contemptible person; an untrustworthy person.
  2. (archaic) A man who uses foul language in front of a woman, typically a woman of high standing in society.

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VerbEdit

blackguard (third-person singular simple present blackguards, present participle blackguarding, simple past and past participle blackguarded)

  1. (transitive) To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Southey to this entry?)
  2. (intransitive) To act like a blackguard; to be a scoundrel.

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