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.
- (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
Synonyms for clean
Antonyms for clean
Related Words for cleanedbathe, scrub, soak, dredge, mop, flush, scrape, sweep, wash, disinfect, brush, vacuum, dust, cleanse, wipe, rinse, pick, winnow, bath, sponge
Examples from the Web for cleaned
Contemporary Examples of cleaned
Between runs, transport trucks not only must be cleaned, they now have to be sanitized.Aporkalypse Now: Pig-Killing Virus Could Mean the End of Bacon
August 20, 2014
Once cleaned and sealed in two body bags, the corpse will be driven to a fresh row of graves.Kissing the Corpses in Ebola Country
August 13, 2014
Since then, the bank has cleaned up its act, but not without a hefty price.Vatican Bank: No More Secret Accounts For Politicians And “Bad Families”
Barbie Latza Nadeau
July 9, 2014
We busted into houses with shotguns, cleaned up decapitated bodies, harangued local authorities.Mosul's Civilization and Its Discontents
June 14, 2014
Every spring and fall, the chicken coop in the barn must be cleaned.What Did TJ Mean By “Pursuit of Happiness,” Anyway?
P. J. O’Rourke
June 8, 2014
Historical Examples of cleaned
I'd been cleaned out o' everything I had by a man I trusted, and I was flat broke.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
All the utensils should be cleaned and put away as soon as they are done with.Directions for Cookery, in its Various Branches
Then he raked out the coals and cleaned the floor and put in his bread.Buried Cities: Pompeii, Olympia, Mycenae
It was well that the attic should be cleaned, though the savor of the task was gone.Tiverton Tales
I'm a going up, soon as I've got the things on the line and cleaned myself.The Incomplete Amorist
- (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
Word Origin for clean
Old English clæne "free from dirt or filth; pure, chaste, innocent; open, in the open," of beasts, "ritually safe to eat," from West Germanic *klainoz "clear, pure" (cf. Old Saxon kleni "dainty, delicate," Old Frisian klene "small," Old High German kleini "delicate, fine, small," German klein "small;" English preserves the original Germanic sense), from PIE root *gel- "bright, gleaming" (cf. Greek glene "eyeball," Old Irish gel "bright").
"Largely replaced by clear, pure in the higher senses" [Weekley], but as a verb (mid-15c.) it has largely usurped what once belonged to cleanse. Meaning "whole, entire" is from c.1300 (clean sweep in the figurative sense is from 1821). Sense of "innocent" is from c.1300; that of "not lewd" is from 1867; that of "not carrying anything forbidden" is from 1938; that of "free of drug addiction" is from 1950s. To come clean "confess" is from 1919, American English.
mid-15c., "make clean," from clean (adj.). Related: Cleaned; cleaning. From clean out "clean by emptying" comes sense of "to leave bare" (1844); cleaned-out "left penniless by losses" is from 1812.
Old English clæne "dirtlessly," also "clearly, fully, entirely;" see clean (adj.). Cf. similar use of German rein "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