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

  • adj. Not washed; unclean.
  • adj. Plebeian: the unwashed masses.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. That has or have not been washed.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Not washed or cleansed; filthy; unclean.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Not washed. Not cleansed by water; filthy; unclean: as, unwashed wool; hence, vulgar.
  • Not overflowed by water: as, a rock unwashed by the waves.
  • The unwashed, the great unwashed, the lower class of people. The latter phrase was first applied to the artisan class, but is now used to designate the lower classes generally—the mob, the rabble.

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

  • adj. of or associated with the great masses of people
  • adj. not cleaned with or as if with soap and water


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