unwashed

adjective
un·washed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯsht , -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

Most of the women at the OSRW10K are amateur runners, with day jobs and grocery lists and an unwashed load of laundry at home. Pia Peterson, New York Times, "Road Race of the Superwomen," 5 July 2018 Brussels Sprouts For best results, keep unwashed Brussels sprouts in a plastic bag in your fridge. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 Bell Peppers The pepper farmers at Baloian Farms say that the best way to store bell peppers is in the fridge, unwashed. Audrey Bruno, SELF, "Here's How to Store Pretty Much Any Kind of Produce," 25 June 2018 During this lunation, find self-forgiveness for those unwashed dishes or your incomplete LinkedIn profile. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What April's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 29 Mar. 2018 Cars have gone unwashed, toilets unflushed and gardens uncultivated in the all-hands-on-deck effort of Capetonians to save water, driven by social pressure as much as the city’s very public campaign. NBC News, "Cape Town's water disaster averted due to public shaming, police crackdown," 7 May 2018 Plane makes emergency landing after passengers vomit, faint from 'unbearable' smell of 'unwashed' man. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Samantha Bee wants to move on from her 'one bad word'; Kim's letter to Trump; Buzz for Holder 2020," 1 June 2018 These are primarily between urban Eastern sophisticates and the great unwashed masses of flyover country, most of whom can no longer afford to take their family to even one football fiesta per season. Andrew Malcolm, San Francisco Chronicle, "NFL controversy is about so much more than a flag," 31 May 2018 Wrapped unwashed in a paper towel and placed inside a plastic bag in your crisper drawer, celery can last up to a week. Susan Russo, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Supporting role suits celery," 10 Apr. 2018

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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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unwashed

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of unwashed

: not clean : not washed

unwashed

adjective
un·washed | \ ˌən-ˈwȯsht , -ˈwäsht \

Kids Definition of unwashed

: not having been washed : dirty unwashed grapes unwashed dishes

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