Blackguard

Definition of Blackguard

Black´guard`   Pronunciation: blăg´gärd
n.1.The scullions and lower menials of a court, or of a nobleman's household, who, in a removal from one residence to another, had charge of the kitchen utensils, and being smutted by them, were jocularly called the "black guard"; also, the servants and hangers-on of an army.
A lousy slave, that . . . rode with the black guard in the duke's carriage, 'mongst spits and dripping pans.
- Webster (1612).
2.The criminals and vagrants or vagabonds of a town or community, collectively.
3.A person of stained or low character, esp. one who uses scurrilous language, or treats others with foul abuse; a scoundrel; a rough.
A man whose manners and sentiments are decidedly below those of his class deserves to be called a blackguard.
- Macaulay.
4.A vagrant; a bootblack; a gamin.
v. t.1.To revile or abuse in scurrilous language.
[imp. & p. p. Blackguarded; p. pr. & vb. n. Blackguarding.]
a.1.Scurrilous; abusive; low; worthless; vicious; as, blackguard language.

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