adjective, clean·er, clean·est.
- innocent of any crime.
- not having a criminal record.
- carrying or containing no evidence of unlawful activity or intent, as controlled substances, unlicensed weapons, or contraband: The agents searched the car for drugs, but it was clean.
- not using narcotics.
adverb, clean·er, clean·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- to empty in order to straighten or clean.
- to use up; exhaust: He had cleaned out his savings.
- Informal. to drive out by force.
- to empty or rid (a place) of occupants, contents, etc.: Eager customers cleaned out the store on the first day of the sale. The thief cleaned out the safe.
- Slang. to cause to lose all or almost all one's money or possessions.
- to wash or tidy up.
- to rid of undesirable persons or features: They cleaned up the local bars.
- to put an end to; finish: to clean up yesterday's chores.
- Informal. to make a large profit: They cleaned up in the stock market.
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Idioms for clean
- (of a sail or sails) filled with wind; rap full.
- (of a sailing vessel) with all sails full of wind; rap full.
Origin of clean
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How to use clean in a sentence
It takes me the better part of an hour to load the dishwasher, hand-wash piles of other dishes, clean the counters and cooktop, and tidy the floor.Carolyn Hax: How to improve on ‘I cook, you clean’ without stirring the pot|Carolyn Hax|February 12, 2021|Washington Post
The player walks over to clean it up and walks away from Doyle.Jaguars’ Urban Meyer hires strength coach accused of mistreating players while at Iowa|Matt Bonesteel|February 11, 2021|Washington Post
Marty Schottenheimer, one of the NFL’s winningest coaches, dies at 77“It is our duty and our responsibility to present a clean case file to the prosecutor,” Capt.As police continue probe of Britt Reid crash, 5-year-old remains in critical condition|Rick Maese|February 9, 2021|Washington Post
He said that he’d isolate, then get a coronavirus test before coming into my home, showing up with a clean bill of health.
After that, they say, it’s safe to rehang feeders — if you’re diligent about cleaning them.
With Charlie Hebdo, “you really have a clean case here,” Shearer said.
This is a guy who has his son-in-law clean his eyeglasses, for crying out loud.
Millions of dollars in renovation later the building is gorgeous—Clean, well-kept, organized.His First Day Out Of Jail After 40 Years: Adjusting To Life Outside|Justin Rohrlich|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
“Clean as a whistle,” says a senior investigator involved in the case.
Clean-shaven and balding, Saleem is in his forties and walks with a limp.The Dangerous Drug-Funded Secret War Between Iran and Pakistan|Umar Farooq|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He shall give his mind to finish the glazing, and his watching to make clean the furnace.
And I will turn my hand to thee, and I will clean purge away thy dross, and I will take away all thy tin.
A groom is a chap, that a gentleman keeps to clean his 'osses, and be blown up, when things go wrong.
The sun was palely shining upon dry, clean pavements and upon roads juicy with black mud.Hilda Lessways|Arnold Bennett
Who could have believed that only a fortnight ago these same figures were clean as new pins; smart and well-liking!Gallipoli Diary, Volume I|Ian Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for clean
- (of a nuclear weapon) producing little or no radioactive fallout or contamination
- uncontaminatedCompare dirty (def. 11)
- innocent; not guilty
- not carrying illegal drugs, weapons, etc
- having its bottom clean
- having a satisfactory bill of health
- (of persons) free from ceremonial defilement
- (of animals, birds, and fish) lawful to eat
Derived forms of cleancleanable, adjectivecleanness, noun
Word Origin for clean
Idioms and Phrases with clean
In addition to the idioms beginning with clean
- clean as a whistle
- clean bill of health
- clean breast
- clean hands, have
- clean house
- cleanliness is next to godliness
- clean out
- clean slate
- clean someone's clock
- clean sweep
- clean up
- come clean
- have a clear (clean) conscience
- keep one's nose clean
- make a clean breast of
- make a clean sweep
- new broom sweeps clean
- take to the cleaners
- wipe the slate clean