- A scoundrel; an unprincipled contemptible person; an untrustworthy person. Usually, only used to refer to a male person.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia
BLACK GUARD. A shabby, mean fellow; a term said to be
derived from a number of dirty, tattered roguish boys, who
attended at the Horse Guards, and Parade in St. James's
Park, to black the boots and shoes of the soldiers, or to do
any other dirty offices. These, from their constant attendance
about the time of guard mounting, were nick-named
- The Devil's Dictionary (Ambrose Bierce)
BLACKGUARD, n. A man whose qualities, prepared for display like a box
of berries in a market -- the fine ones on top -- have been opened on
the wrong side. An inverted gentleman.
- 1811 Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue
Black"guard (&?;), n. [Black +
guard.] 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. [Obs.]
A lousy slave, that . . . rode with the black guard
in the duke's carriage, 'mongst spits and dripping pans.
2. The criminals and vagrants or vagabonds of a
town or community, collectively. [Obs.]
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.
4. A vagrant; a bootblack; a gamin.
Black"guard`, v. t. [imp. & p.
p. Blackguarded; p. pr. & vb. n.
Blackguarding.] To revile or abuse in scurrilous
Black"guard, a. Scurrilous; abusive;
low; worthless; vicious; as, blackguard language.
- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
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