blighter

blighter 1822, "thing which blights," agent noun from BLIGHT (Cf. blight) (v.). British colloquial sense of "contemptible person" (often jocular) is recorded from 1896.

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  • blighter — ► NOUN Brit. informal ▪ a person regarded with contempt, irritation, or pity …   English terms dictionary

  • blighter — [blīt′ər] n. 1. a person or thing that blights [Brit. Informal] 2. [Brit. Informal] a mean or contemptible fellow …   English World dictionary

  • blighter —    ‘You lucky blighter’, addressed by one man to another, and references to ‘a poor little blighter’, a child, are now becoming rare in British colloquial speech. The word ‘blighter’ appeared in British slang at the very end of the nineteenth… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • blighter — [[t]bla͟ɪtə(r)[/t]] blighters 1) N COUNT (disapproval) You can refer to someone you do not like as a blighter. [BRIT, INFORMAL] He was a nasty little blighter. 2) N COUNT You can use blighter as an informal way of referring to someone. [BRIT]… …   English dictionary

  • blighter — UK [ˈblaɪtə(r)] / US [ˈblaɪtər] noun [countable] Word forms blighter : singular blighter plural blighters British informal old fashioned a word for someone you feel sorry for or do not approve of The poor little blighter s ill in bed. The cheeky… …   English dictionary

  • blighter — blight|er [ˈblaıtə US ər] n BrE old fashioned informal 1.) used to talk about someone that you feel sorry for or ↑jealous of ▪ Poor old blighter. ▪ You lucky blighter! 2.) a bad or unpleasant person …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • blighter — noun (C) BrE oldfashioned 1 used to talk about someone that you feel sorry for or jealous of: Poor old blighter. | You lucky blighter! 2 a bad or unpleasant person …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • blighter — Noun. An insignificant or objectionable person. E.g. This blighter approaches me and asks for a cigarette; sure I say, and then he has the gall to put it in his pocket and says he ll smoke that later and then asks for another to have now.… …   English slang and colloquialisms

  • blighter — /ˈblaɪtə / (say bluytuh) noun Colloquial 1. any person: * Might be some poor blighter got lost, he said and they climbed a ridge to scout around. –mary durack, 1959. 2. (dated) a despicable person; cad. {blight + er1} …   Australian English dictionary

  • blighter — noun Date: 1822 1. one that blights 2. chiefly British a. a disliked or contemptible person b. fellow, guy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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