- not cleaned or purified by or as if by washing: unwashed dishes; the unwashed soul of a sinner.
- pertaining to or characteristic of the common people; untutored, unsophisticated, or ignorant; plebeian: the power of the unwashed electorate.
- (used with a plural verb) an ignorant or lower-class group; rabble (usually preceded by the): The author claimed that the unwashed would not understand his books.
Origin of unwashed
1350–1400; Middle English; see un-1, washed
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Examples from the Web for unwashed
She was not going to throw them way or just leave them unwashed.Alphonza Bryant, the Slain Bronx Teen Who Did Everything Right
May 2, 2013
He held their unwashed toes and poured water on them from a silver chalice.An Easter Resolution
March 31, 2013
Doctors probed inside the wound with unwashed, ungloved fingers.Why Can't Our Politics Improve Like Our Medicine?
February 23, 2013
But while Team Romney may be content to let Santorum claim the unwashed masses, Team Obama has no intention of giving ground.Obama Campaign Unleashes Joe Biden in Battle for Blue-Collar Voters
March 16, 2012
Perhaps designers feel as though they long ago made their peace with the unwashed masses.Designing for the One Percent at New York Fashion Week
February 14, 2012
Unwashed and unshaven, he saunters moodily about, weary and dejected.Sunday under Three Heads
I was raked in by that adjective fool with the unwashed face.In the Midst of Alarms
The man was unwashed and unfed, and for many nights he had not slept.Murder Point
Dirty finger-prints were on the hall-windows, flue and rubbish on its unwashed boards.Howards End
E. M. Forster
It lit his unshaven face from his unwashed brow to his chin.The Twins of Suffering Creek
- not washed
- the great unwashed jocular, derogatory the masses
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Word Origin and History for unwashed
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