un·​hy·​gien·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌhī-ˈjē-nik How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) , -ˈje- also -jē-ˈe-nik\

Definition of unhygienic

: not having or showing good hygiene : not hygienic : unsanitary squalid, unhygienic conditions

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All of the above has contributed to the declassification of body hair as something gross, unhygienic, or even taboo, as had been the case for years. Deanna Pai, Glamour, "Millennial Razor Brands Are on a Mission to Embrace Body Hair," 16 Oct. 2018 And just as important to Fromberg as shattering stereotypes is getting the point across that pubic hair isn’t dirty or unhygienic. Lauren Valenti, Vogue, "The Full Bush Is the New Brazilian! How to Transition Like a Pro," 27 July 2018 And this repulsive encounter is worse than unhygienic: those feces spread microscopic parasites that cause Chagas disease. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian, "How Tiny Trackers Could Help Humans Avoid Kissing Bugs’ Deadly Smooch," 9 July 2018 At the lunch, Meghan learned about my work, including that 50 percent of women in India were using unhygienic methods, like old rags and leaves, to manage their cycles. Suhani Jalota, Glamour, "The Meghan Markle I Know," 18 May 2018 Out of shame, many women use traditional rags and wash and dry them discreetly, storing them in damp and unhygienic conditions. Angela Dewan, CNN, "Life stands still for many women and girls in India during their period," 28 May 2018 In some ways, the team found that life centuries ago was unhygienic as might be imagined. Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian, "DNA from Ancient Latrines Reveal What People Ate Centuries Ago," 4 May 2018 Holly Largy from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Langley confirmed the unhygienic incident to the Abby News. Madeleine Marr, miamiherald, "A Canadian woman really needed to use the bathroom. Then she got angry, cops say. | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Some worry that drinking out of a glass at a bar without a straw is unhygienic, but given that glassware is put through superhot dishwashers, this isn’t much of an argument. Bee Wilson, WSJ, "Could It Be the Last Straw for Plastic Straws?," 13 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of unhygienic

1883, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unhygienic was in 1883

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English Language Learners Definition of unhygienic

: not clean and therefore likely to make you sick : not hygienic


un·​hy·​gi·​en·​ic | \ ˌən-ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, -ˈjen-, -ˈjēn- How to pronounce unhygienic (audio) \

Medical Definition of unhygienic

: not healthful or sanitary unhygienic conditions unhygienic habits

Other Words from unhygienic

unhygienically \ -​i-​k(ə-​)lē How to pronounce unhygienically (audio) \ adverb

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