unwashed


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Related to unwashed: rabble, unwashed masses

un·washed

 (ŭn-wŏsht′, -wôsht′)
adj.
1. Not washed; unclean.
2. Common; plebeian: the unwashed masses.

unwashed

(ʌnˈwɒʃt)
adj
not washed
pl n
the great unwashed jocular derogatory the masses

un•washed

(ʌnˈwɒʃt, -ˈwɔʃt)

adj.
1. not cleaned or purified by or as if by washing.
2. untutored, unsophisticated, or ignorant; plebeian.
n.
3. the (great) unwashed, the masses; the rabble.
[1350–1400]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unwashed - of or associated with the great masses of peopleunwashed - of or associated with the great masses of people; "the common people in those days suffered greatly"; "behavior that branded him as common"; "his square plebeian nose"; "a vulgar and objectionable person"; "the unwashed masses"
lowborn - of humble birth or origins; "a topsy-turvy society of lowborn rich and blue-blooded poor"
2.unwashed - not cleaned with or as if with soap and waterunwashed - not cleaned with or as if with soap and water; "a sink full of unwashed dishes"
dirty, soiled, unclean - soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime; "dirty unswept sidewalks"; "a child in dirty overalls"; "dirty slums"; "piles of dirty dishes"; "put his dirty feet on the clean sheet"; "wore an unclean shirt"; "mining is a dirty job"; "Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves"

unwashed

adjective
Lacking high station or birth:
Archaic: base.
Translations

unwashed

[ˈʌnˈwɒʃt]
A. ADJsin lavar, sucio
B. NPL the Great Unwashedla plebe

unwashed

[ˌʌnˈwɒʃt]
adj [person] → qui ne s'est pas lavé(e); [hair, dishes] → non lavé(e)
n
the great unwashed (humorous)la populace

unwashed

adjungewaschen; dishesungespült
n the great unwashed pl (hum)der Pöbel
References in classic literature ?
Ebenezer Cowley, the man who stood in the store listening to the eager patter of words that fell from the lips of the traveling man, was tall and lean and looked unwashed.
The place was damp, the air acrid with the smell of stale tobacco juice, and foul with the presence of many unwashed humans.
Then it flashed on me - 'The clown at my elbow, who is drinking his tea out of a basin and eating his broad with unwashed hands, may be her husband: Heathcliff junior, of course.
His hands were unwashed, his few straggling locks uncombed.
His face, unwashed since yesterday, looked pallid and clammy; his hair was tossed shaggily about his forehead, and his closed eyes had the sunken look which follows upon watching and sorrow.
I dare not make a drink-offering to Jove with unwashed hands; one who is bespattered with blood and filth may not pray to the son of Saturn.
Now a bed among brickbats and ballast-refuse on a damp night, between overcrowded horses and unwashed Baltis, would not appeal to many white boys; but Kim was utterly happy.
I was unshaven and unwashed, and my heart was faint within me.
The dividing line between washed and unwashed was one inch above his neckband and two above his wrists.
They talk sweet girlish prattle to this animal (when there is any one near enough to overhear them), and they kiss its nose, and put its unwashed head up against their cheek in a most touching manner; though I have noticed that these caresses are principally performed when there are young men hanging about.
I always did think those frowsy, romantic, unwashed peasant girls I had read so much about in poetry were a glaring fraud.
She had an unwashed air and you could not help wondering if she slept in her clothes.