Definition of Blighty in English:
- He copped a blighty over in Flanders and he was sent over here to recover.
- Inflicting or otherwise causing a blighty wound was considered a capital offense, which was punishable by execution by a firing squad.
- A few nights later he copped a Blighty bullet in his leg and I last saw him in Dover Hospital in 1943.
It was British soldiers serving in India who first started calling their homeland Blighty. The word was an alteration of Urdu bilāyatī ‘foreign, European’, which came from Arabic wilāyat ‘country, district’. During the First World War soldiers hoped for a blighty one—a wound not too serious but bad enough to get safe passage home.
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