Definition of blighter in English:



  • [with adjective] A person who is regarded with contempt, irritation, or pity.

    ‘you little blighter!’
    • ‘Joe produced a video camera and the little blighters went berserk, trying to get in the picture, climbing over anything and anyone who was between them and the camera.’
    • ‘It's good practice in the country to be generous with bird food once Winter bites; do it too early, though and the little blighters will forsake their job of keeping the bugs down.’
    • ‘After a day's rambling, the little blighters will be ruddy cheeked and pumped full of fresh air - and from my experience, they'll probably be begging for an early night, too.’
    • ‘All you do is exhaust yourself, coax the little blighters back into the air where you can't get at them, and make a filthy mess.’
    • ‘For the dads, our highlight had to be the girls' excitement at being abroad and being with us; our lowest ebb was realising that the little blighters had discovered how to lock the minibar.’
    • ‘Here's what she should do: every time one of the little blighters starts acting up, simply threaten to show them one of Guy Ritchie's movies.’
    • ‘Now on a school day we are all on to drag the little blighters out of bed, but, surprise, surprise, the little girl was up at 6.45 am closely followed by the lad.’
    • ‘Apparently these poor blighters are confused by it all.’
    • ‘It's not so romantic when one of the aggressive blighters thinks you're trying to attack it and ends up breaking your fingers in its beak, is it?’
    • ‘Other revelations include the fact that almost all of the company's advertising is aimed at children, and that McDonald's gives away free toys with its products to drag in more of the little blighters.’
    • ‘For any other other seal do-gooders out there, please bear in mind that, according to experts, seal bites can in fact be lethal (if the little blighters go for your throat I presume).’
    • ‘And another email got quite irate about the central character, suggesting he was an evil little blighter.’
    • ‘Poor blighters, it'll be over before they know it.’
    • ‘At least they can be eradicated by old-fashioned combing until the scientists come up with better ways of killing the little blighters.’
    • ‘It's something of a natural law; we've got to like the little blighters at least enough to feed and water them if the species is to survive.’
    • ‘So she bought one of those traps, a bit like a cavernous clothes peg, that snaps the little blighters' necks but hides the gore from view.’
    • ‘The sidewalks of Manhattan are congested with the little blighters, being driven at breakneck speed by suits and freaks reliving their youth.’
    • ‘From my experience of herons, they're persistent blighters.’
    • ‘The dawn chorus starts shortly before 4 a.m. now, and I find it impossible to sleep on once the noisy little blighters have roused me.’
    • ‘Only the females have a taste for human blood but, when you consider that one square metre of heather can house 500,000 of the little blighters, this is little consolation.’
    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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Early 19th century: from blight + -er.