Definition of unhygienic in US English:



  • Not clean or sanitary.

    ‘damp, unhygienic accommodations’
    • ‘For example, why should our cities and villages be so unclean and unhygienic?’
    • ‘As the Evening Press Easter investigation had found, many were dirty and unhygienic - hardly creating the best impression.’
    • ‘There are gaps between the new and the old tiles that will be difficult to clean and therefore unhygienic.’
    • ‘They are unsightly, unhygienic, and at times unsafe.’
    • ‘This is not only unhygienic but also adds to the environment pollution.’
    • ‘More than half the eating places visited by Oldham council officials in the last three months were dirty and unhygienic and had to be served with enforcement notices.’
    • ‘Perhaps this is the reason why it remains uncared for, unsightly, filthy and unhygienic.’
    • ‘At some schools, parents formed working bees on weekends to clean unhygienic toilet blocks.’
    • ‘Well, 99% of this street food is made and served in the most unhygienic and filthy conditions.’
    • ‘I do not understand why the municipal public health and hygiene authorities are not able to tighten their control over unhygienic establishments.’
    • ‘But urgent refurbishments on things such as faulty lifts, damaged fire alarms, unhygienic kitchens and poor sanitation were also needed.’
    • ‘Would we stop buying and become filthy / unhygienic cretins?’
    • ‘What food is available is frequently contaminated because of pollution and unhygienic conditions.’
    • ‘Unclean bottles or those washed with water stored in unhygienic conditions can cause diarrhoea in infants.’
    • ‘Why did it have to be the audit commission that lambasted hospitals for being filthy and unhygienic?’
    • ‘The unhygienic practice of open defecation leads to contamination of water sources and high incidence of disease.’
    • ‘The conditions are so unhygienic and ugly-the rooms are not even sanitized, cleaned, or air-conditioned.’
    • ‘Poor environmental sanitation and unhygienic personal habits appear to predispose them to the risk of infections.’
    • ‘Five food stores in Tooting have been temporarily closed down in the last two months for being dirty, unhygienic and riddled with vermin.’
    • ‘The toilet facilities in most grounds are a disgrace - they're unhealthy, unhygienic and should be levelled and rebuilt.’
    insanitary, unsanitary, dirty, filthy, unclean, impure, contaminated, unhealthy, deleterious, detrimental, harmful, unwholesome, germ-ridden, germy, disease-ridden, infested, insalubrious, noxious, polluted, foul, septic
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