What does Clean mean?

Definitions for Clean

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word Clean.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. clean and jerk, cleanadjective

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

  2. cleanadjective

    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"

  3. clean, clearadjective

    free of restrictions or qualifications

    "a clean bill of health"; "a clear winner"

  4. clean, clear, light, uncloudedadjective

    (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"

  5. clean, freshadjective

    free from impurities

    "clean water"; "fresh air"

  6. cleanadjective

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

    "a clean voting record"; "a clean driver's license"

  7. cleanadjective

    ritually clean or pure

  8. clean, uncontaminatingadjective

    not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination

    "a clean fuel"; "cleaner and more efficient engines"; "the tactical bomb is reasonably clean"

  9. clean, unobjectionableadjective

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

    "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"

  10. uninfected, cleanadjective

    free from sepsis or infection

    "a clean (or uninfected) wound"

  11. clean, clean-livingadjective

    morally pure

    "led a clean life"

  12. clean, fairadjective

    (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections

    "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"

  13. blank, clean, whiteadjective

    (of a surface) not written or printed on

    "blank pages"; "fill in the blank spaces"; "a clean page"; "wide white margins"

  14. clean, sporting, sporty, sportsmanlikeadjective

    exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

    "a clean fight"; "a sporting solution of the disagreement"; "sportsmanlike conduct"

  15. cleanadjective

    without difficulties or problems

    "a clean test flight"

  16. cleanadjective

    thorough and without qualification

    "a clean getaway"; "a clean sweep"; "a clean break"

  17. cleanadjective

    not carrying concealed weapons

  18. clean, neatadjective

    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"

  19. cleanverb

    free of drugs

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

  20. clean, make cleanverb

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

    "Clean the stove!"; "The dentist cleaned my teeth"

  21. clean, pickverb

    remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

    "Clean the turkey"

  22. houseclean, clean house, cleanverb

    clean and tidy up the house

    "She housecleans every week"

  23. cleanse, cleanverb

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

    "clean up before you see your grandparents"; "clean your fingernails before dinner"

  24. cleanverb

    be cleanable

    "This stove cleans easily"

  25. cleanverb

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

    "The other players cleaned him completely"

  26. clean, stripverb

    remove all contents or possession from, or empty completely

    "The boys cleaned the sandwich platters"; "The trees were cleaned of apples by the storm"

  27. cleanverb

    remove while making clean

    "Clean the spots off the rug"

  28. scavenge, cleanverb

    remove unwanted substances from

  29. cleanadverb

    remove shells or husks from

    "clean grain before milling it"

  30. clean, plumb, plumadverb

    completely; used as intensifiers

    "clean forgot the appointment"; "I'm plumb (or plum) tuckered out"

  31. fairly, fair, cleanadverb

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

    "they played fairly"


  1. cleannoun

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

  2. cleanverb

    To remove dirt from a place or object.

    Can you clean the windows today?

  3. cleanverb

    To tidy up, make a place neat.

    Clean your room right now!

  4. cleanverb

    To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.

  5. cleanverb

    To make things clean in general.

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

  6. cleanverb

    To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.

  7. cleanadverb

    Fully and completely.

    He was stabbed clean through.

  8. cleanadjective

    Not dirty.

  9. cleanadjective

    In an unmarked condition.

    Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.

  10. cleanadjective

    Pure, especially morally or religiously.

    Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.

  11. cleanadjective

    Not having used drugs or alcohol.

    I've been clean this time for eight months.

  12. cleanadjective

    Smooth, exact, and performed well.

    I'll need a sharper knife to make clean cuts.

  13. cleanadjective

    without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.

    Unlike you, I've never caused any accidents u2014 my record is still clean!

  14. cleanadjective

    Cool or neat.

    Damn, Shorty, those are some clean shoes ya got there!

  15. cleanadjective

    Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.

  16. cleanadjective

    Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

    I want to make sure my fiancu00E9 is clean before we are married.

  17. cleanadjective

    Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.

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

  18. cleanadjective


Webster Dictionary

  1. Clean

    free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  2. Clean

    free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects; as, clean land; clean timber

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  3. Clean

    free from awkwardness; not bungling; adroit; dexterous; as, aclean trick; a clean leap over a fence

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  4. Clean

    free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  5. Clean

    free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  6. Clean

    free from moral defilement; sinless; pure

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  7. Clean

    free from ceremonial defilement

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  8. Clean

    free from that which is corrupting to the morals; pure in tone; healthy

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  9. Clean

    well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  10. Cleanadverb

    without limitation or remainder; quite; perfectly; wholly; entirely

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  11. Cleanadverb

    without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]

  12. Cleanadjective

    to render clean; to free from whatever is foul, offensive, or extraneous; to purify; to cleanse

    Etymology: [See Clean, a., and cf. Cleanse.]


  1. Clean

    Clean is a 2004 film directed by French director Olivier Assayas, starring Nick Nolte and Maggie Cheung. It was jointly funded by Canada, France, and United Kingdom sources.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Clean

    klē′n, adj. free from dirt, stain, or whatever defiles: pure: guiltless: neat: complete.—adv. quite: entirely: cleverly.—v.t. to make clean, or free from dirt.—ns. Clean′or, that which cleans; Clean′ing, the act of making clean.—adj. Clean′-limbed, having well-proportioned limbs: smart.—n. Clean′liness.—adj. Clean′ly, clean in habits or person: pure: neat.—adv. in a cleanly manner.—n. Clean′ness.—adj. Clean′-tim′bered (Shak.), well-proportioned.—Clean bill of health (see Bill of health).—Have clean hands, to be free from the guilt of wrong-doing.—Make a clean breast of, to own up frankly, to confess fully; Show a clean pair of heels, to escape by running.—The clean thing, the right thing to do. [A.S. clǽne; W., Gael. glan, shine, polish; Ger. klein, small.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. clean

    1. adj. Used of hardware or software designs, implies ‘elegance in the small’, that is, a design or implementation that may not hold any surprises but does things in a way that is reasonably intuitive and relatively easy to comprehend from the outside. The antonym is ‘grungy’ or crufty. 2. v. To remove unneeded or undesired files in a effort to reduce clutter: “I'm cleaning up my account.” “I cleaned up the garbage and now have 100 Meg free on that partition.”

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. clean

    Free from danger, as clean coast, clean harbour; in general parlance means quite, entirely. So Shakspeare represents Ægeon "Roaming clean through the bounds of Asia." Also, applied to a ship's hull with a fine run fore and aft.--Clean entrance, clean run.--To clean a ship's bottom. (See BREAMING and HOG.)

Editors Contribution

  1. clean

    To apply or use a device, liquid, product or tool to maintain.

    The are a wide variety of devices, liquids, products, tools and substances used to clean, maintain or keep things neat and tidy.

    Submitted by MaryC on March 6, 2016  
  2. clean

    To wash, rinse, hoover, brush or tidy.

    She loved to clean the house with her fiance and knew they both could do it easily.

    Submitted by MaryC on February 2, 2015  

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2257

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Written Corpus Frequency: #1482

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Verbs Frequency: #483

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Clean' in Adjectives Frequency: #265

Anagrams for Clean »

  1. ancle, clane, Lance, lance

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clean in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Clean in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Clean in a Sentence

  1. Lopez Obrador:

    We're going to clean up this country. Corruption will end. Impunity will end. And there will be justice.

  2. Ron Thiessen:

    The Clean Water Act, it says that the Army Corps of Engineers' will issue a permit based on the least environmentally damaging practicable alternative,' so I mean, you may still cause a lot of environmental damage but if it's the least damaging alternative, you get your permit.

  3. Peer Specialist Bobby Brazell:

    I’ve tried many ways myself to get clean but it was not until I asked God to help me…. I was in detox and I asked God either let me die right now or help me live a life free of drugs and that was when I got clean.

  4. Jerry Skinner:

    I'm hopeful that the Australian government gets involved. We need the leverage of one of the governments whose hands are clean.

  5. Seif Islam Benatia:

    Ibrahimi is one of the rare clean politicians in Algeria who can reconcile the youth with politics. We believe he can play a very positive role.

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