conducting one's life so as to be beyond moral reproach.

Origin of clean-living

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for clean-living

Historical Examples of clean-living

  • And he was a clean-living sort, nothing dishonorable or hateful about him.


    Basil Eugene Wells

  • How could even their enemies have painted these simple-minded, clean-living peasant soldiers, as fierce, fighting-loving savages?

  • He was a very strong, clean-living young man and I really thought he had a chance.

    The Emma Gees

    Herbert Wes McBride

  • Mazzini soon became a leader among the clean-living, affectionate, impetuous undergraduates.

  • Both were dressed in white flannels and had the unmistakable look of clean-living athletes.

Word Origin and History for clean-living

1920, from clean (adv.) + live (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper