having distinct, regular shape: a face with clean-cut features.
clearly outlined.
neat and wholesome: a polite, clean-cut young man.
unambiguously clear; unmistakable; clear-cut: The case against him is a clean-cut one.

Origin of clean-cut

First recorded in 1835–45 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clean-cut

Contemporary Examples of clean-cut

Historical Examples of clean-cut

  • Men were crowding about Grim, clean-cut, determined-looking Earthmen.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • Trained for the fight of his life from muzzle to clean-cut hoofs.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • He was clean-cut, dark-skinned and red-haired, and walked with a swinging gait.

  • He was an older man, with a grave mouth and a clean-cut jowl.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • We will not repeat it, save to say that it was as crisp, clean-cut, and pointed as his chin.


    Christopher Morley

British Dictionary definitions for clean-cut



clearly outlined; neatclean-cut lines of a ship
definitea clean-cut decision in boxing
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Word Origin and History for clean-cut

"precise," 1829 (of turf), from clean (adv.) + past participle of cut (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper