Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Unclean.
  • adv. In an unclean manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. dirty, unhygienic, not cleanly
  • adj. not pure in a moral or religious sense
  • adv. not in a clean way; in an unclean way

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not cleanly; not clean; foul; filthy; dirty.
  • Not chaste; unchaste; obscene.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. habitually unclean

Etymologies

From un- + cleanly. (Wiktionary)
From unclean + -ly. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Though the Greeks are an oppressed nation, yet, as Sir William Gell testifies, they cannot be called uncleanly in their habits.

    The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction Volume 10, No. 265, July 21, 1827

  • His whole appearance had an air of even wilful slovenliness: His hair was uncombed; he was in boots, which were covered with mud; his coat seemed to have been designedly immersed in powder, and his universal negligence was not only shabby but uncleanly.

    Camilla

  • Im sure the peace corps medical office and my grandmothers would have some words for me on my uncleanly behavior, but there is no Lysol under my kitchen sink.

    Vacations and house guests

  • Jesus abstained from pork, because it is uncleanly, and from rabbit, because it ruminates and its foot is not cloven; we fearlessly eat pork, because it is not uncleanly for us, and we eat rabbit which has the cloven foot and does not ruminate.

    A Philosophical Dictionary

  • Some find the same fault in Spain, even in Madrid, the king's seat, a most excellent air, a pleasant site; but the inhabitants are slovens, and the streets uncleanly kept.

    Anatomy of Melancholy

  • Here, if you like, was a sanitary parable, addressed by our uncleanly forefathers to their own neglect.

    Edinburgh Picturesque Notes

  • The session number is used to uniquely identify a user session in a given course, and provides a mean to detect if a given session finished uncleanly.

    Reflective Surface - Implementing SCORM: Building the API

  • Learn of the wise, and perpend: civet is of a baser birth than tar, the very uncleanly flux of a cat.

    As You Like It

  • You told me you salute not at the court, but you kiss your hands: that courtesy would be uncleanly, if courtiers were shepherds.

    As You Like It

  • The butter according to our thinking is always rancid, the mode of making it is uncleanly, and it always has a rank flavour from the goatskin in which it was kept.

    Among the Tibetans

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