(noun, adjective, verb, adverb)


1. free from dirt or impurities; or having clean habits

- children with clean shining faces

- clean white shirts

- clean dishes

Similar word(s): cleanable, cleanly, fresh, unused, immaculate, speckless, spotless, pristine, scrubbed, unsoiled, unspotted, unstained, unsullied, washed, antiseptic, tidy

2. free of restrictions or qualifications

- a clean bill of health

Similar word(s): unqualified, clear

3. (of sound or color) free from anything that dulls or dims

- efforts to obtain a clean bass in orchestral recordings

Similar word(s): pure, clear, light, unclouded

4. free from impurities

- clean water

Similar word(s): pure, fresh

5. (of a record) having no marks of discredit or offense

- a clean voting record

- a clean driver's license

Similar word(s): perfect

6. ritually clean or pure

Similar word(s): clean, halal, cosher, kosher, pure

7. not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination

- a clean fuel

- cleaner and more efficient engines

- the tactical bomb is reasonably clean

Similar word(s): uncontaminating

8. (of behavior or especially language) free from objectionable elements; fit for all observers

- good clean fun

- a clean joke

Similar word(s): antiseptic, decent, unobjectionable

9. free from sepsis or infection

- a clean (or uninfected) wound

Similar word(s): antiseptic, uninfected

10. morally pure

- led a clean life

Similar word(s): moral

11. (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections

- a clean manuscript

Similar word(s): legible, fair

12. (of a surface) not written or printed on

- a clean page

Similar word(s): empty, blank, white

13. exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

- a clean fight

Similar word(s): fair, just, sporting, sportsmanlike, sporty

14. without difficulties or problems

- a clean test flight

Similar word(s): easy

15. thorough and without qualification

- a clean getaway

- a clean sweep

- a clean break

Similar word(s): complete

16. not carrying concealed weapons

Similar word(s): unarmed

17. free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed

- he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek

- a clean throw

Similar word(s): adroit, neat

18. free of drugs

- after a long dependency on heroin she has been clean for 4 years

Similar word(s): unaddicted

Sentences with clean as an adjective:

- Are these dishes clean?  Your room is finally clean!

- Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.

- The cargo hold is clean.  Mister, I want to see a clean dinner plate or there'll be no dessert for you.

- clean steel

- Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.

- I've been clean this time for eight months.

- Unlike you, I’ve never caused any accidents — my record is still clean!

- I’m clean, officer. You can go ahead and search me if you want.

- I’ll need a sharper knife to make clean cuts.  a clean leap over a fence

- Wow, Dude, those are some clean shoes ya got there!

- I want to make sure my fiancé is clean before we are married.

- clean energy;  clean coal

- clean land;  clean timber

- clean limbs


1. completely; used as intensifiers

- clean forgot the appointment

Similar word(s): plum, plumb

2. in conformity with the rules or laws and without fraud or cheating

Similar word(s): fair, fairly

Sentences with clean as an adverb:

- He was stabbed clean through.

- You must be clean mad.


1. a weightlift in which the barbell is lifted to shoulder height and then jerked overhead

Definition categories: act, weightlift, weightlifting

Sentences with clean as a noun:

- This place needs a clean.


1. make clean by removing dirt, filth, or unwanted substances from

- Clean the stove!

- The dentist cleaned my teeth

Definition categories: contact, alter, change, modify

2. remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

- Clean the turkey

Similar word(s): pick

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

3. clean and tidy up the house

- She housecleans every week

Similar word(s): houseclean

Definition categories: contact, neaten, straighten, tidy

4. clean one's body or parts thereof, as by washing

- clean up before you see your grandparents

- clean your fingernails before dinner

Similar word(s): cleanse

Definition categories: body, groom, neaten

5. be cleanable

- This stove cleans easily

Definition categories: stative, be

6. deprive wholly of money in a gambling game, robbery, etc.

- The other players cleaned him completely

Definition categories: contact, deprive, divest, strip

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

Similar word(s): strip

Definition categories: contact, remove, take, withdraw

8. remove while making clean

- Clean the spots off the rug

Definition categories: contact, remove, take, withdraw

9. remove unwanted substances from

Similar word(s): scavenge

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

10. remove shells or husks from

- clean grain before milling it

Definition categories: change, remove, take, withdraw

Sentences with clean as a verb:

- Can you clean the windows today?

- Clean your room right now!

- She just likes to clean. That’s why I married her.