What does the word blackleg mean?

Usage examples for blackleg

  1. Some swindler, or Italian refugee, or blackleg, I'll be bound- taken her in, made her think him an angel, and will persuade her to run away with him. – Cecil Castlemaine's Gage, Lady Marabout's Troubles, and Other Stories by Ouida
  2. One heifer, she die- blackleg. – The Ranch at the Wolverine by B. M. Bower
  3. I had, of course, gotten myself up for the occasion, and I looked like a cross between a last year's fashionplate and a Bowery blackleg. – Out of a Labyrinth by Lawrence L. Lynch