\ ˈjər-mē How to pronounce germy (audio) \
germier; germiest

Definition of germy

: full of germs

Examples of germy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Boiling germy water denatures proteins and wrecks the structures of pathogens. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Here's What to Do in a Boil Water Advisory," 19 Feb. 2021 No matter how many times doctors remind us to keep our germy fingers away from our faces to help dodge Covid, breaking the unconscious habit is tough. Ellen Byron, WSJ, "Perfume. Wrist Buzzers. Hypnosis. How People Try to Stop Touching Their Faces.," 14 Dec. 2020 After the 600-year-old Blarney Castle & Gardens reopened in June, one in three visitors are still kissing it, writes Zoe Baillaregeon in a survey of germy attractions worldwide. National Geographic, "How can 'friluftsliv' help make you happier now?," 15 Sep. 2020 Using a public restroom requires touching lots of potentially germy surfaces, from door handles to faucets to stall doors to toilet paper dispensers. Claire Gillespie,, "Public Restrooms Are Major Germ Zones—Here's How to Stay Safe," 11 Sep. 2020 In contrast to many aerosol sprays on the market, which use VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) as propellants, this one uses nitrogen gas to carry the sanitizing liquid onto germy hands. Good Housekeeping, "GH Seal Spotlight: Breathe Hand Sanitizer Spray," 17 July 2020 But traveling with kids, especially on planes and through airports, was stressful and germy even before the pandemic hit. Melody Schreiber, Washington Post, "Traveling with kids during the pandemic," 9 July 2020 Even though most facilities will have new cleaning protocols in place, gyms tend to be germy. Jennifer Jolly, USA TODAY, "Don't have a Peloton budget? No sweat. You can still get a workout without hitting the gym," 8 June 2020 If any droplets containing SARS-CoV-2 land on a nearby person and gain access to the eyes, nose, or mouth—or are delivered there by a germy hand—that person can get infected. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 4/5]," 5 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of germy

1884, in the meaning defined above

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1 Mar 2021

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“Germy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Mar. 2021.

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\ ˈjər-mē How to pronounce germy (audio) \
germier; germiest

Medical Definition of germy

: full of germs germy hands

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