[ adjective klen-lee; adverb kleen-lee ]
See synonyms for: cleanlycleanliercleanliestcleanliness on

adjective,clean·li·er, clean·li·est.
  1. personally neat; careful to keep or make clean: The cat is by nature a cleanly animal.

  2. habitually kept clean.

  1. Obsolete. cleansing; making clean.

  1. in a clean manner.

Origin of cleanly

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

Other words from cleanly

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

Words that may be confused with cleanly

Words Nearby cleanly Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use cleanly in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for cleanly


  1. in a fair manner

  2. easily or smoothly: the screw went into the wood cleanly

adjective(ˈklɛnlɪ) -lier or -liest
  1. habitually clean or neat

Derived forms of cleanly

  • cleanlily (ˈklɛnlɪlɪ), adverb
  • cleanliness (ˈklɛnlɪnɪs), noun

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