Nearby words

  1. cleansing,
  2. cleansing tissue,
  3. cleanskin,
  4. cleanthes,
  5. cleanup,
  6. clear and present danger,
  7. clear as a bell,
  8. clear as crystal,
  9. clear as mud,
  10. clear away

Idioms

    in the clear,
    1. absolved of blame or guilt; free: He was suspected of the theft, but evidence put him in the clear.
    2. en clair.

Origin of clear

1250–1300; Middle English clere < Anglo-French, Old French cler < Latin clārus

Related forms

Synonym study

3. See clean.

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British Dictionary definitions for unclear

unclear

/ (ʌnˈklɪə) /

adjective

not clear or definite; ambiguous
Derived Formsunclearly, adverbunclearness, noun


Derived Formsclearable, adjectiveclearer, nounclearness, noun

Word Origin for clear

C13 clere, from Old French cler, from Latin clārus clear, bright, brilliant, illustrious

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Word Origin and History for unclear
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Idioms and Phrases with unclear

clear

In addition to the idioms beginning with clear

  • clear as a bell
  • clear as crystal
  • clear as mud
  • clear away
  • clear off
  • clear one's name
  • clear out
  • clear the air
  • clear the decks
  • clear the table
  • clear up
  • clear with

also see:

  • coast is clear
  • free and clear
  • have a clear conscience
  • in the clear
  • loud and clear
  • out of a clear blue sky
  • see one's way (clear)
  • steer clear of
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