Word of the Every Other Day

blighter

\BLAHY-ter\

noun British Slang.:

 1. a chap; bloke.

 noun:

1. a contemptible, worthless person, especially a man; scoundrel or rascal.

The blighter had shoulders fully as broad as the girl was high, and legs like a dragon. — E.E. Knight, Dragon Outcast, 2007

I was sorry for the poor blighter, but after all, I reflected, a chappie who had lived all his life with Lady Malvem, in a small village in the interior of Shropshire, wouldn’t have much to kick at in a prison. — P.G. Wodehouse, “Jeeves and The Unbidden Guest,” Enter Jeeves, 1916

Lord Clive was a blighter and so were most of the other viceroys. Blighters ask for bribes; blighters try to cheat the Accounts Department… — Paul Theroux, The Great Railway Bazaar, 2006

Blighter entered English in the early 1800s as a variation on the more common word blight, which is of unknown origin.

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