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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unclean mean? 

UNCLEAN (adjective)
  The adjective UNCLEAN has 2 senses:

1. soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime
2. ritually unclean or impure

  Familiarity information: UNCLEAN used as an adjective is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

UNCLEAN (adjective)

Sense 1unclean [BACK TO TOP]


Soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime


dirty; soiled; unclean

Context examples:

dirty unswept sidewalks / a child in dirty overalls / dirty slums / piles of dirty dishes / put his dirty feet on the clean sheet / wore an unclean shirt / mining is a dirty job / Cinderella did the dirty work while her sisters preened themselves


mucky; muddy (dirty and messy; covered with mud or muck)

lousy (infested with lice)

maculate (spotted or blotched)

ratty (dirty and infested with rats)

scummy (covered with scum)

smudgy (smeared with something that soils or stains; these words are often used in combination)

snot-nosed; snotty (dirty with nasal discharge)

sooty (covered with or as if with soot)

travel-soiled; travel-stained (soiled from travel)

uncleanly (habitually unclean)

unswept (not having been swept)

unwashed (not cleaned with or as if with soap and water)

greasy; oily (smeared or soiled with grease or oil)

flyblown; sordid; squalid (foul and run-down and repulsive)

filthy; foul; nasty (disgustingly dirty; filled or smeared with offensive matter)

Augean (extremely filthy from long neglect)

bedraggled; draggled (limp and soiled as if dragged in the mud)

befouled; fouled (made dirty or foul)

begrimed; dingy; grimy; grubby; grungy; raunchy (thickly covered with ingrained dirt or soot)

bespattered; besplashed; spattered; splashed (spattered or spotted with dirt or filth; often used in combination)

black; smutty (soiled with dirt or soot)

buggy (infested with bugs)

cobwebby (covered with cobwebs)

dirty-faced (having a dirty face)

dust-covered; dusty (covered with a layer of dust)

faecal; fecal; feculent (foul with waste matter; of or relating to feces)


untidy (not neat and tidy)

impure; unclean (ritually unclean or impure)


cleanness (the state of being clean; without dirt or other impurities)

Sense 2unclean [BACK TO TOP]


Ritually unclean or impure


unclean; impure

Context example:

and the unclean to you


defiled (having the purity corrupted; made unclean)

nonkosher; terefah; tref (not conforming to dietary laws)

untouchable (defiling to the touch; especially used in traditional Hindu belief of the lowest caste or castes)


dirty; soiled; unclean (soiled or likely to soil with dirt or grime)

impure (combined with extraneous elements)

Domain category:

faith; religion; religious belief (a strong belief in a supernatural power or powers that control human destiny)


clean (ritually clean or pure)

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