[ hous-klee-ning ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌkli nɪŋ /


the act of cleaning a house, room, etc., and its furnishings, especially the act of cleaning thoroughly and completely.
the act of improving or reforming by weeding out excess or corrupt personnel or of revising methods of operation.

Origin of housecleaning

First recorded in 1860–65; house + cleaning

Definition for housecleaning (2 of 2)


[ hous-kleen ]
/ ˈhaʊsˌklin /

verb (used with object)

to subject (a house, room, etc.) to housecleaning.

verb (used without object)

to engage in housecleaning.

Origin of houseclean

First recorded in 1860–65; back formation from housecleaning

Related forms

house·clean·er, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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