- 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.
- 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.
OTHER WORDS FOR clean
Idioms about 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
synonym study for clean
OTHER WORDS FROM clean
How to use clean in a sentence
So we tried to think of the freshest, healthiest, brightest, cleanest restaurant we knew.
Murder was now at a record low and New York was not just the safest, but also the healthiest and cleanest big city in America.
The cheapest and cleanest of all energy sources is hydropower.
The cleanest way to stop the carnage is to unify the Eurobond market—make all bonds the liabilities of all the member countries.
I have fed and slept at inns, living on the worst of fares and sleeping on the hardest, and hardly the cleanest, of beds.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
You don't know kings, Jim, but I know them; and this old rip of ourn is one of the cleanest I've struck in history.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
Bierce was the cleanest man, personally, of whom I have knowledge—almost fanatically so, if such a thing be possible.The Letters of Ambrose Bierce|Ambrose Bierce
They furnish the cheapest and cleanest lodgings for the poor, yet pay a good dividend.The College, the Market, and the Court|Caroline H. Dall
No, Sir, it's sadly neglected now; but when I was warden, it was the cleanest church in our parts.The Sheepfold and the Common, Vol. II (of 2)|Timothy East
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
Other 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