AskDefine | Define clean

Dictionary Definition

clean adj
1 free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits; "children with clean shining faces"; "clean white shirts"; "clean dishes"; "a spotlessly clean house"; "cats are clean animals" [ant: dirty]
2 free of restrictions or qualifications; "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner" [syn: clear]
3 (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims; "efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings"; "clear laughter like a waterfall"; "clear reds and blues"; "a light lilting voice like a silver bell" [syn: clear, light, unclouded]
4 free from impurities; "clean water"; "fresh air" [syn: fresh]
5 without difficulties or problems; "a clean test flight"
6 ritually clean or pure [ant: unclean]
7 not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination; "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean" [syn: uncontaminating] [ant: dirty]
8 (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers; "good clean fun"; "a clean joke" [syn: unobjectionable] [ant: dirty]
9 free from sepsis or infection; "a clean (or uninfected) wound" [syn: uninfected]
10 morally pure; "led a clean life" [syn: clean-living]
11 (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections; "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript" [syn: fair]
12 of a surface; not written or printed on; "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins" [syn: blank, white]
13 marked by or calling for sportsmanship or fair play; "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct" [syn: sporting, sportsmanlike]
14 thorough and without qualification; "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"
15 (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense; "a clean voting recor"; "a clean driver's license"
16 not carrying concealed weapons
17 free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife" [syn: neat]
18 free of drugs; "after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years" n : a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead [syn: clean and jerk] adv
1 completely; used as intensifiers; "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out" [syn: plumb, plum]
2 in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating; "they played fairly" [syn: fairly, fair] [ant: unfairly]


1 make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from; "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth" [syn: make clean] [ant: dirty]
2 remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits; "Clean the turkey" [syn: pick]
3 clean and tidy up the house; "She housecleans every week" [syn: houseclean, clean house]
4 clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing; "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner" [syn: cleanse]
5 be cleanable; "This stove cleans easily"
6 deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.; "The other players cleaned him completely"
7 remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely; "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm" [syn: strip]
8 remove while making clean; "Clean the spots off the rug"
9 remove unwanted substances from [syn: scavenge]
10 remove shells or husks from; "clean grain before milling it"

User Contributed Dictionary



  • , /kliːn/, /kli:n/
  • Rhymes: -iːn


clǣne, from Germanic. Cognate with German klein ‘small’.


en-adj er
  1. Not dirty.
    Are these dishes clean?
  2. In a condition of having been cleaned.
    Your room is finally clean!
  3. In an unmarked condition.
    Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.
  4. Pure, especially morally or religiously.
    Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.
  5. Drug- and alcohol-free.
    I've been clean this time for eight months.
  6. Smooth, exact, and performed well.
    I’ll need a sharper knife to make clean cuts.
  7. Said of (criminal, driving..) records without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.
    Unlike you, I’ve never been caused any accidents — my record is still clean!
  8. Cool or neat.
    Damn, Shorty, those are some clean shoes ya got there!
  9. In the context of "aerodynamics": Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.
  10. In the context of "health": Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
    I want to make sure my fiancé is clean before we are married.
  11. Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.
    I’m clean officer. You can go ahead and search me if you want.


not dirty
  • Arabic:
  • Chinese:
  • Czech: čistý
  • Dutch: proper, schoon
  • Finnish: puhdas
  • French: propre
  • German: sauber, rein
  • Hungarian: tiszta
  • Irish: glan
  • Italian: pulito
  • Japanese: 綺麗な (きれいな, kirei na)
  • Korean: 깨끗한 (kkaeggeuthan)
  • Kurdish:
    Sorani: پاک, خاوێن
  • Portuguese: limpo
  • Russian: чистый
  • Slovene: čist , čista , čisto
  • Spanish: limpio
  • Swedish: ren
in a condition of having been cleaned
in an unmarked condition
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (zhěngqí de)
  • Finnish: puhdas, tyhjä
  • Russian: чистый
pure, especially morally or religiously
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (chúnjié de)
  • Dutch: leeg
  • Finnish: puhdas, viaton
  • German: rein
  • Irish: glan
  • Russian: чистый
  • Swedish: ren
smooth, exact, and performed well
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (gōngzhèng de)
  • Dutch: mooie
  • Finnish: puhdas
  • German: sauber
  • Irish: glan
  • Russian: чистый, ровный
  • Slovene: čist , čista , čisto
slang: cool or neat
  • Chinese:
    Mandarin: (shúliàn de)
  • Dutch: prachtig
  • Finnish: siisti
  • German: sauber
without restrictions or penalties
allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces
  • Finnish: sileä
not having sexually transmitted diseases
  • Finnish: puhdas
not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs
  • Italian: pulito
  • Russian: чистый


  1. The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.


first part of "clean and jerk" weightlifting
  • Finnish: veto


  1. Remove dirt from a place or object.
    Can you clean the windows today?
  2. Tidy up, make a place neat.
    Clean your room right now!
  3. In the context of "transitive|climbing": Remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
  4. Make things clean in general.
    She just likes to clean. That’s why I married her.
  5. In the context of "intransitive|curling": Brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.

Derived terms

rel-top Derived terms


(transitive) to remove dirt from a place or object
(transitive) to tidy up
(transitive) to remove equipment from climbing route
(intransitive) to make things clean
  • Dutch: poetsen
  • Finnish: puhdistaa, siivota
  • German: reinigen, säubern, putzen
  • Irish: glan
(intransitive) to brush lightly in front of a curling rock


en-adv er
  1. Fully and completely.
    He was stabbed clean through.


fully and completely
  • Finnish: täysin

Extensive Definition

Clean is a phrase meaning neat or organized.
It may also refer to:

See also

clean in Danish: Clean
clean in French: Clean
clean in Malay (macrolanguage): Bersih
clean in Dutch: Clean

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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