unwashed

[ uhn-wosht, -wawsht ]
/ ʌnˈwɒʃt, -ˈwɔʃt /

adjective

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.

noun

(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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British Dictionary definitions for unwashed

unwashed

/ (ʌnˈwɒʃt) /

adjective

not washed

pl n

the great unwashed jocular, derogatory the masses
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Word Origin and History for unwashed

unwashed


adj.

late 14c., from un- (1) "not" + past participle of wash (v.). Noun sense of "the lower class" is attested from 1830.

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