cleaning

[ klee-ning ]
/ ˈkli nɪŋ /

noun

an act or instance of making clean: Give the house a good cleaning.
Slang. an overwhelming or complete defeat, financial loss, or failure: Our team took a cleaning in yesterday's game.
Informal. killing(def 3).

Origin of cleaning

First recorded in 1655–75; clean + -ing1

OTHER WORDS FROM cleaning

self-clean·ing, adjective

Definition for cleaning (2 of 2)

Origin of clean

before 900; Middle English clene, Old English clǣne pure, clear, cognate with Old High German kleini (German klein small)

OTHER WORDS FROM clean

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH clean

clean cleanse (see synonym study at the current entry)cleanliness cleanness

synonym study for clean

1. Clean, clear, pure refer to freedom from soiling, flaw, stain, or mixture. Clean refers especially to freedom from soiling: a clean shirt. Clear refers particularly to freedom from flaw or blemish: a clear pane of glass. Pure refers especially to freedom from mixture or stain: a pure metal; not diluted but pure and full strength. 35. Clean, cleanse refer to removing dirt or impurities. To clean is the general word with no implication of method or means: to clean windows, a kitchen, streets. Cleanse is especially used of thorough cleaning by chemical or other technical process; figuratively it applies to moral or spiritual purification: to cleanse parts of machinery; to cleanse one's soul of guilt.
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British Dictionary definitions for cleaning

Derived forms of clean

cleanable, adjectivecleanness, noun

Word Origin for clean

Old English clǣne; related to Old Frisian klēne small, neat, Old High German kleini
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Idioms and Phrases with cleaning

clean

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