adjective, clean·li·er, clean·li·est.
Origin of cleanly
Examples from the Web for cleanly
One day, he took a monk with a cleanly shaven head and had him walk around a light bulb to demonstrate this theory.
But, in the end, it seems the two were unable to break as cleanly as they had hoped.Inside the Harry and Cressie Make Up: Britain’s Favorite Royal Is In Love|Tom Sykes|October 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
His hair is cleanly parted to the side, like a high-school yearbook photo.Brandon Wade: The Man Behind ‘Sugar Daddy’ Websites Miss Travel and Seeking Arrangement|Marlow Stern|May 10, 2012|DAILY BEAST
She had this extraordinary ability to be deeply involved and cleanly detached.
Unlike the novel, it never bogs down in ideological sludge and moves swiftly and cleanly from scene to scene.
The weavers also appeared, cleanly dressed, in garments of their own weaving.Abigail Adams and Her Times|Laura Elizabeth Howe Richards
One savage, nervous crunch of his needle-like young teeth, and the spinal cord was cleanly severed.Red Fox|Charles G. D. Roberts
For these last take some broken pegs, and saw them off cleanly, just above the fork.Toy-Making at Home|Morley Adams
He was a cleanly built person, in loose corduroy pants, blue shirt open at his neck.Steel|Charles Rumford Walker
Thus they fatten like pigs, being about as cleanly, but scarce as useful.Pilgrimage from the Alps to the Tiber|James Aitken Wylie
British Dictionary definitions for cleanly
adjective (ˈklɛnlɪ) -lier or -liest
Word Origin and History for cleanly (1 of 2)
Old English clænlic "morally pure, innocent," from clæne (see clean (adj.)). Of persons, "habitually clean," from c.1500.