\ 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 Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration acknowledge on their websites that surgical masks are generally meant to help protect against large droplets, splashes or sprays of possibly germy fluid. Ella Lee, USA TODAY, 12 Jan. 2022 People’s unwillingness to touch potentially germy surfaces and devices during the pandemic has greatly accelerated the adoption of unique QR codes. Matthew Kitchen, WSJ, 23 Oct. 2021 So while a little extra cleaning might not fend off the coronavirus, keeping a less germy office certainly doesn’t hurt. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 3 May 2021 Be responsible, don’t be a germy menace, but definitely hold a pair of hearty-yet-silky trousers cut from weighty upholstery fabric in your hands. New York Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Boiling germy water denatures proteins and wrecks the structures of pathogens. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, 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, 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, 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,, 11 Sep. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of germy

1884, in the meaning defined above

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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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