unwashed

adjective
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

unwashed

noun

Definition of unwashed (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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Other Words from unwashed

Adjective

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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective These pesky insects – plus one employee’s unwashed hands – touched clean dishes of cooked food at Divino Ceviche in Miami. Phillip Valys, sun-sentinel.com, 3 May 2021 If your mother-in-law handled uncooked chicken or shellfish and then plunged her unwashed hands directly into a bowl of mashed potatoes, for instance, this could cross-contaminate foods and spread food-borne illness. Washington Post, 17 Mar. 2021 If your mother-in-law handled uncooked chicken or shellfish and then plunged her unwashed hands directly into a bowl of mashed potatoes, for instance, this could cross-contaminate foods and spread food-borne illness. Amy Dickinson, oregonlive, 17 Mar. 2021 If your mother-in-law handled uncooked chicken or shellfish and then plunged her unwashed hands directly into a bowl of mashed potatoes, for instance, this could cross-contaminate foods and spread food-borne illness. Amy Dickinson, Detroit Free Press, 17 Mar. 2021 And the original cast certainly did its share of complaining about typical roommate stuff: excessive noise, unwashed dishes, houseguests who wore out their welcome. Judy Berman, Time, 4 Mar. 2021 Influenza virus also can spread by contaminated surfaces such as toys, doorknobs, eating utensils, and unwashed hands. Julie Washington, cleveland, 21 Jan. 2021 While a few unwashed-looking users have popped up, there are a lot of photos from weddings and country clubs, along with ambitions to become CEOs and US Senators. Jocelyn Silver, Vogue, 29 Dec. 2020 Do not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands. Los Angeles Times, 23 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of unwashed

Adjective

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1830, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of unwashed was in the 13th century

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9 May 2021

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“Unwashed.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unwashed. Accessed 23 Jun. 2021.

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unwashed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwashed

: not clean : not washed

unwashed

adjective
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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