adjective, clean·er, clean·est.
- 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.
adverb, clean·er, clean·est.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- 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.
Idioms for 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
SYNONYMS FOR clean
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Example sentences from the Web for cleanness
We entered a low whitewashed room, with a stone floor that showed an admirable degree of cleanness.Three Years in Europe|William Wells Brown
It was a dog—yet no such dog as had ever before sullied the cleanness of The Place's well-scoured veranda.Lad: A Dog|Albert Payson Terhune
The first impression he gave was one of cleanness and good humour.Shandygaff|Christopher Morley
For the third thing, thou shalt wit that cleanness behoves to be kept in heart, in mouth and in work.The Form of Perfect Living and Other Prose Treatises|Richard Rolle of Hampole
We were surprised at the cleanness and neatness of the building, and at the large number of people within it.Our Churches and Chapels|Atticus
British Dictionary definitions for cleanness
- (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
Idioms and Phrases with cleanness
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