the (great) unwashed

noun phrase

Definition of the (great) unwashed

old-fashioned + humorous
: ordinary or common people who do not have a lot of money, power, or social status
  • I'm just a member of the great unwashed.

Word by Word Definitions

great play
  1. : notably large in size : huge

  2. : of a kind characterized by relative largeness

  3. : elaborate, ample

  1. : in a great manner : well

  1. : an outstandingly superior or skillful person

unwashed play
  1. : not cleaned with or as if with soap and water

  2. : ignorant, plebeian

  1. : an ignorant or underprivileged group : rabble


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