un·​vaxxed ˌən-ˈvakst How to pronounce unvaxxed (audio)
variants or less commonly unvaxed
: not having received a vaccine : unvaccinated
unvaxxed students
New York City's Covid vaccine mandate has barred the unvaxxed NBA superstar from entering Brooklyn's home arena on game days.Brandon Contes
… there are many who still tread cautiously in a world where the unvaxed walk amongst us …Judith Marks-White

Examples of unvaxxed in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web There are unvaxxed people in this building already. Larry Fleisher, Forbes, 14 Mar. 2022 Full vaccination is all but mandated to enter this Olympic thunderdome; unvaxxed athletes and staff were required to complete a three-week quarantine upon arrival in Beijing. Matt Sullivan, Rolling Stone, 29 Jan. 2022 But, many unvaxxed will lie about it. Jordan Lebeau, Quartz, 3 May 2021 The drug is now authorized for use in vaxxed and unvaxxed patients alike. Rachel Gutman, The Atlantic, 26 May 2022 That means several unvaxxed Red Sox won’t be making the roadie to play the Jays, including starting pitcher Tanner Houck. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 19 Apr. 2022 Though the title sounds like the social distancing battle cry at a family reunion packed with unvaxxed cousins, this is a warm, goofy musical set in Minnesota, dontyaknow? oregonlive, 23 Mar. 2022 Big unvaxxed spots are located near the northern suburbs, in the far east and west, and south of Interstate 20. Dallas News, 30 Sep. 2021 Delta won’t let unvaxxed workers fly under the radar. Francesca Fontana, WSJ, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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Word History


un- entry 1 + vaxxed, present participle of vaxx entry 1

First Known Use

2005, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of unvaxxed was in 2005

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Cite this Entry

“Unvaxxed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unvaxxed. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Medical Definition


variants also unvaxed
: not having received a vaccine : unvaccinated
We've already reached 800,000 deaths in America, … where unvaxxed victims are about five times as likely to die as their fully vaxxed counterparts.Marcus Hayes, The Philadelphia Inquirer
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