Definition of unswept in English:

Share this entry


Pronunciation: /ˌənˈswept/


(Of an area) not cleaned by having the dirt or litter on it swept up: the walls were damp, the floor unswept
More example sentences
  • It is unquestionably very gritty: it's not a place to go in contact lenses, there's always a wind blowing in from Harlesden or somewhere causing immemorial dust to rise from the unswept pavements.
  • The dossier contains photographs of kerbside rubbish, unswept roads, leaf litter and uncollected bin bags at sites across the city.
  • The roads stopped being sprinkled at sunset, the buildings ceased to receive their annual whitewash, the gardens decayed, and litter and dirt began to pile up unswept on the pavements.

For editors and proofreaders

Syllabification: un·swept

Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.