from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A fellow, especially one held in low esteem.

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  • noun One who blights.
  • noun UK A person, usually male, especially one who behaves in an objectionable or pitiable manner.

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  • noun a persistently annoying person
  • noun a boy or man


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  • "He doesn't half want a thick ear, the blighter. Biff him one, Harry." Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008