-ˈje- How to pronounce unhygienic (audio)
-jē-ˈe-nik How to pronounce unhygienic (audio)
: not having or showing good hygiene : not hygienic : unsanitary
squalid, unhygienic conditions

Examples of unhygienic in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web His remarkably unhygienic method prompted many people to comment their hopes that this was just a skit. Sabrina Weiss, Peoplemag, 26 Jan. 2024 The North Yorkshire, England, resident revealed to SWNS some of the most unhygienic places in and around your home — areas that people should be sure to clean regularly. Brittany Kasko, Fox News, 31 Aug. 2023 These mental health care professional and paramedic teams will target people exhibiting unpredictable or unhygienic behaviors. María Ramos Pacheco, Dallas News, 14 Aug. 2023 Proponents say chicken-keeping can fortify local food systems and support a healthy diet, and proper regulations can mitigate adverse health impacts from unhygienic birds. Maliya Ellis, BostonGlobe.com, 26 Aug. 2023 Obesity is often seen as a moral failing, and those who are heavy are sometimes deemed unhygienic, lazy, or unintelligent.10 These stereotypes could have real consequences for people’s livelihoods without legislative protections. Julia Landwehr, Health, 8 June 2023 The term is used broadly to refer to unhygienic actions at Japan’s sushi train restaurants, where customers pick dishes from conveyor belts. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 9 June 2023 Shtilman notes other countries, including Ireland and Canada, got rid of their pennies nearly a decade ago, and that governments around the world are eyeing the pandemic as an opportunity to reduce reliance on cash—a form of payment that is both inefficient, but also unhygienic. Jeff John Roberts, Fortune, 14 Aug. 2020 Quick-to-eat foods, unhygienic meals and drinks, and no desire to work out worsen the situation. Discover Magazine, 29 Mar. 2023 See More

These examples are programmatically compiled from various online sources to illustrate current usage of the word 'unhygienic.' Any opinions expressed in the examples do not represent those of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback about these examples.

Word History

First Known Use

1883, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unhygienic was in 1883

Dictionary Entries Near unhygienic

Cite this Entry

“Unhygienic.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unhygienic. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


un·​hy·​gi·​en·​ic ˌən-ˌhī-jē-ˈen-ik, -ˈjen-, -ˈjēn- How to pronounce unhygienic (audio)
: not healthful or sanitary
unhygienic conditions
unhygienic habits
unhygienically adverb

More from Merriam-Webster on unhygienic

Last Updated: - Updated example sentences
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!