[uhn-gahr-did] /ʌnˈgɑr dɪd/
not guarded; unprotected; undefended.
open; frank; guileless:
"an unguarded manner."
exposed to attack or capture by the opponent without recourse by the player, as a card, chess piece, etc.:
"an unguarded queen of clubs; an unguarded pawn."
not cautious or discreet; careless:
"In an unguarded moment he had told her about his affair."
without a safeguard, as a cover, barrier, or shield, for protection:
"an unguarded buzz saw."
1585–95; un-1 + guarded
Related forms
unguardedly, adverb
unguardedness, noun
1. defenseless. 4. indiscreet.
Example Sentences for unguarded
Keas will tear windshield wipers from cars, shred unguarded clothing and backpacks and raid cabins.
Their diet generally consists of whatever plants are growing nearby but might be supplemented by an unguarded pair of sandals.
Watch for the unguarded moments that are bound to happen on such an emotional day.
But when she breaks into a rare smile, her face lights up with unguarded delight.
Garland's concert performances were so intimate and unguarded that listeners believed she was singing for them individually.
When he's relaxed and unguarded, as unguarded as he ever gets, he's ribald and funny.
Money changers, unarmed and unguarded, push cash through the market in wheelbarrows.
The use of unguarded regulators on propane cylinders appears to be a common practice found on construction sites.
Report that a vacant building is open and unguarded.
He was not the first company worker injured from contact with unguarded machinery and machine parts at the site.
British Dictionary definitions for unguarded
unguarded (ʌnˈɡɑːdɪd)
1.  unprotected; vulnerable
2.  guileless; open; frank
3.  incautious or careless

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Word Origin and History for unguarded
1593, "not furnished with a guard," from un- (1) "not" + pp. of guard. Sense of "not on one's guard, not taking heed" is attested from 1640.
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