from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adverb In a clean manner.
  • adjective Habitually and carefully neat and clean.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Free from dirt or any foul matter; personally neat; careful to keep or make clean.
  • Free from injurious or polluting influence; pure; innocent: as, “cleanly joys,”
  • 3. Cleansing; making clean.
  • . Dexterous; adroit; clever; artful.
  • Neat; trim; well-shaped. Compare clean, a., 9.
  • Entirely; wholly; completely.
  • In a clean manner; neatly; without soil or uncleanness.
  • Decently; morally; with freedom from vice or impurity.
  • Cleverly; adroitly; dexterously.
  • Clearly; unmistakably.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adverb In a clean manner; neatly.
  • adverb Innocently; without stain.
  • adverb Adroitly; dexterously.
  • adjective Habitually clean; pure; innocent.
  • adjective obsolete Cleansing; fitted to remove moisture; dirt, etc.
  • adjective obsolete Adroit; skillful; dexterous; artful.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective being habitually clean, practising good hygiene
  • adverb in a clean way
  • adverb neatly
  • adverb not causing a mess or unnecessary damage
  • adverb innocently; without stain
  • adverb adroitly; dexterously

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective habitually clean
  • adverb in a manner that minimizes dirt and pollution
  • adverb without difficulty or distortion
  • adverb in an adroit manner


from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English clenly, clenliche, clanly, from Old English clǣnlīc ("cleanly, pure, excellent"), equivalent to clean +‎ -ly.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English clenly, clenli, clenliche, from Old English clǣnlīċe ("cleanly"), equivalent to clean +‎ -ly.


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