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  1. in an unclean manner.
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Origin of uncleanly1

before 950; Old English unclǣnlīce (not recorded in ME). See un-1, cleanly


adjective, un·clean·li·er, un·clean·li·est.
  1. unclean.
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Origin of uncleanly2

before 1000; Middle English onclenlich, Old English unclǣnlīc. See unclean, -ly
Related formsun·clean·li·ness, noun
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Historical Examples

  • And it was draggled, begrimed, uncleanly, as never were the doves of Aphrodite.

    The Tinted Venus

    F. Anstey

  • What I reprove you for, is the indecorous and uncleanly; and these, I trust, you will abolish.

  • We remove mountains of dirt for uncleanly men, and how do they reward us?

  • And uncleanly he must be left, for it takes a deal to shame a stork.

  • The cat was uncleanly, and was speedily banished back into the kitchen.


    Hugh Walpole

British Dictionary definitions for uncleanly


  1. in an unclean manner
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  1. characterized by an absence of cleanliness; unclean
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Derived Formsuncleanliness, noun
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