Definition of Blighty

1. Noun. A slang term for Great Britain used by British troops serving abroad.

Definition of Blighty

1. Proper noun. (military slang usually capitalized) Great Britain, Britain, or England, especially as viewed from abroad ¹

2. Noun. (military slang usually uncapitalized) A minor wound, but serious enough to take a soldier out of combat. ¹

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Definition of Blighty

1. a wound causing one to be sent home to England [n BLIGHTIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Blighty

Blephilia celiata
Blephilia hirsuta
Blessed Trinity
Blessed Virgin
Bletia striata
Bletilla striata
Blighia sapida
Blighty (current term)
Blind Freddy
Blissus leucopterus
Bloc Quebecois

Literary usage of Blighty

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. The Heart of a Soldier by Lauchlan MacLean Watt (1918)
"Blighty There is sunshine in the shadow Of the crowded wards to-day, And pain seems clean forgotten, Sorrow sped upon its way; And you wonder what's the ..."

2. The Glory of the Trenches: An Interpretation by Coningsby Dawson (1918)
"To me, so recently out of the fighting and so short a time in Blighty, it seems the finest music in the world. For the sheer luxury of the contrast I close ..."

3. Cavalry of the Clouds by Alan Bott (1917)
"BACK IN Blighty. You last heard of my continued existence, I believe, ... When this was sent I had no more expectation of a return to Blighty than has a ..."

4. Shellproof Mack: An American's Fighting Story by Arthur James Mack (1918)
"After he has been over there twenty-four hours he thinks of nothing but getting back to Blighty. Aside from the fact that the trenches are the worst places ..."

5. Tales from a Dugout by Arthur Guy Empey (1918)
""Blighty!—WHAT HOPES?" IT was Sailor Bill's turn. Clearing his voice, he commenced: ... Well, tell us about your trip to Blighty. We can stand anything. ..."

6. The Cross at the Front: Fragments from the Trenches by Thomas Tiplady (1917)
"And it was boyish for those who saw me to look so envious, but I know they could not help it. ' Blighty' would make even the Sphinx betray its secret. ..."

7. "Over There" with the Australians by R. Hugh Knyvett (1918)
"CHAPTER XXVI BAPAUME AND "A Blighty" How many weeks I lay under the shadow of the church-tower of Bapaume I know not. But every morning as the mist lifted ..."

8. A Flying Fighter: An American Above the Lines in France by E. M. Roberts (1918)
"... BACK TO Blighty UPON my arrival in England I received a week's leave of absence and when it was over I was detailed to a good squadron near the "Big ..."

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