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[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.
Origin of unguarded
1585-95; un-1 + guarded
Related forms
unguardedly, adverb
unguardedness, noun
1. defenseless. 4. indiscreet. Unabridged
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  • Keas will tear windshield wipers from cars, shred unguarded clothing and backpacks and raid cabins.
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  • 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


unprotected; vulnerable
guileless; open; frank
incautious or careless
Derived Forms
unguardedly, adverb
unguardedness, noun
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Word Origin and History for unguarded

1590s, "not furnished with a guard," from un- (1) "not" + guarded. Sense of "not on one's guard, not taking heed" is attested from 1630s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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