cleanly

[ adjective klen-lee; adverb kleen-lee ]
/ adjective ˈklɛn li; adverb ˈklin li /

adjective, clean·li·er, clean·li·est.

personally neat; careful to keep or make clean: The cat is by nature a cleanly animal.
habitually kept clean.
Obsolete. cleansing; making clean.

adverb

in a clean manner.

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Origin of cleanly

before 900; Middle English clenlich(e), Old English clǣnlīc, equivalent to clǣne clean + -līc -ly

OTHER WORDS FROM cleanly

clean·li·ness [klen-lee-nis] /ˈklɛn li nɪs/, noun

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH cleanly

cleanliness cleanness
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British Dictionary definitions for cleanliness

cleanly

adverb (ˈkliːnlɪ)

in a fair manner
easily or smoothlythe screw went into the wood cleanly

adjective (ˈklɛnlɪ) -lier or -liest

habitually clean or neat

Derived forms of cleanly

cleanlily (ˈklɛnlɪlɪ), adverbcleanliness (ˈklɛnlɪnɪs), noun
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