un·​washed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯsht How to pronounce unwashed (audio) , -ˈwäsht \

Definition of unwashed

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : not cleaned with or as if with soap and water
2 : ignorant, plebeian the unwashed masses



Definition of unwashed (Entry 2 of 2)

: an ignorant or underprivileged group : rabble usually used with great the great unwashed

Other Words from unwashed


unwashedness noun

Examples of unwashed in a Sentence

Adjective a sink full of unwashed dishes a TV producer who knew what the unwashed masses wanted—and unhestitatingly gave it to them Noun Aunt Edna was fond of snootily reminding us that we need not take our manners from the great unwashed.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The former Destiny’s Child frontwoman has long been known for telling tales out of school, bringing legit gospel-style singing to the ratchet unwashed masses. Will Dukes, Rolling Stone, 29 July 2022 For once, the dishes were unwashed, the beds unmade. Noy Thrupkaew, Washington Post, 6 Oct. 2021 Items must be unused, unworn, unwashed, and undamaged. Leada Gore | Lgore@al.com, al, 23 Sep. 2021 One method that worked well involved storing unwashed strawberries in a refrigerator crisper drawer. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 12 June 2022 This era of the Rolling Stones is the look every band strived for less than a decade later, when every unwashed reprobate on the Sunset Strip embraced the unkempt hair look that turned into glam rock. Tim Moffatt, EW.com, 10 June 2022 In this world, people steal from the sick to maintain youth, fairies shuffle around looking like unwashed goths, and dreams can quickly turn into nightmares. Bethanne Patrick, Washington Post, 21 May 2022 Relying on others to clean, dress and feed her sometimes wasn’t enough and Kahiye often remained unwashed and unkempt. Magdalena Del Valle, BostonGlobe.com, 20 May 2022 No money and the freezing cold meant laundry would often go unwashed for weeks. Barbara Vandenburgh, USA TODAY, 26 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of unwashed


13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1830, in the meaning defined above

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“Unwashed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwashed. Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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un·​washed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯsht How to pronounce unwashed (audio) , -ˈwäsht \

Kids Definition of unwashed

: not having been washed : dirty unwashed grapes unwashed dishes


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