One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Not having been washed.
dirty, filthy, grubby, grimy, mucky, fouled, foul, impure, adulterated, tainted, tarnished, stained, soiled, begrimed, smearedView synonyms
- ‘She crept downstairs, her feet sticking to the hardwood floors, through the kitchen with its sink stacked high with unwashed dishes, and down the hall.’
- ‘At your campsite, never leave dirty dishes unwashed, lying unprotected.’
- ‘Washed potatoes often will green more readily than unwashed potatoes.’
- ‘Therefore, attached to stem B was one washed line and one unwashed line.’
- ‘Four heads of unwashed hair (but it cleans itself after a few years!) and a week's worth of unwashed dishes.’
- ‘Tyler came bearing a tray of bootleg whiskey and gin and poured them drinks in squat glass tumblers stained with unwashed fingerprints.’
- ‘The bacteria that causes toxic shock syndrome can be carried on unwashed hands and prompt an infection anywhere on the body.’
- ‘I could get into the Pavilion, or The Flea Pit as we called it, for the price of two jam jars, washed or unwashed.’
- ‘Nearly all wounds became infected, the infection often being transmitted by the surgeons' unwashed hands and instruments.’
- ‘Irritation at coming home and finding unwashed dishes in the sink after spending three hours cleaning the kitchen yesterday.’
- ‘Picking up an unwashed dish at random, it puzzled him to see that bacteria had failed to colonise around a mysterious mould which had coincidentally appeared.’
- ‘Drawing nearer we peeped with fascinated horror through the grimy, unwashed windows at the interior still life.’
- ‘They're usually passed from person to person on unwashed hands and surfaces contaminated by feces.’
- ‘In my unwashed condition, I would only make them filthy again.’
- ‘A trick for eggs was to take them fresh and unwashed from under the hen, smear them with Vaseline, and store them in the bilge.’
- ‘The house is in disarray, piles of unwashed dishes and unpaid bills are strewn across the dining room table.’
- ‘At 2,900 yen per night or about €27, it is as cheap as a hostel yet unlike most European hostels, it isn't over-run by unwashed backpackers.’
- ‘I had a bit of a duty call to go and watch a friend in a play, and not just any old tatty fringe show with no set and stinky unwashed costumes, but a proper posh play at the proper posh Edinburgh International Festival.’
- ‘His clothing was in rags and he was unwashed, hair stained and matted, traces of spittle dried upon his chin and chest.’
- ‘They should be stored in the refrigerator, unwashed, but thoroughly washed before consuming.’
the (great) unwashed
derogatory The mass or multitude of ordinary people.
- ‘The local landed gentry, when not herding the unwashed through their country piles, go up to town: and that means a trip to their London club, not a Spurriergate shopping spree.’
- ‘It can only be a matter of time before there are running street battles to demarcate the boundaries between the Chorlton chosen and the unwashed of Withington and Stretford.’
- ‘We guess just because you're concentrating on making poverty history doesn't mean you can't enjoy some Pimms roped off from the unwashed.’
- ‘Others were putting up a mediocre fight against the unwashed.’
- ‘The Samoans are considered by many of the earlier arrivers to Hawaii to be the unwashed, much like the caste system in India.’
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