The scullions and lower menials of a court, or of a
nobleman's household, who, in a removal from one residence to another,
had charge of the kitchen utensils, and being smutted by them, were
jocularly called the "black guard"; also, the servants and hangers-on
of an army.
The criminals and vagrants or vagabonds of a town or
A person of stained or low character, esp. one who uses
scurrilous language, or treats others with foul abuse; a scoundrel; a