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, clean(adj)

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

  2. clean(adj)

    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, clear(adj)

    free of restrictions or qualifications

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

  4. clean, clear, light, unclouded(adj)

    (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, fresh(adj)

    free from impurities

    "clean water"; "fresh air"

  6. clean(adj)

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

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

  7. clean(adj)

    ritually clean or pure

  8. clean, uncontaminating(adj)

    not spreading pollution or contamination; especially radioactive contamination

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

  9. clean, unobjectionable(adj)

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

    "good clean fun"; "a clean joke"

  10. uninfected, clean(adj)

    free from sepsis or infection

    "a clean (or uninfected) wound"

  11. clean, clean-living(adj)

    morally pure

    "led a clean life"

  12. clean, fair(adj)

    (of a manuscript) having few alterations or corrections

    "fair copy"; "a clean manuscript"

  13. blank, clean, white(adj)

    (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, sportsmanlike(adj)

    exhibiting or calling for sportsmanship or fair play

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

  15. clean(adj)

    without difficulties or problems

    "a clean test flight"

  16. clean(adj)

    thorough and without qualification

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

  17. clean(adj)

    not carrying concealed weapons

  18. clean, neat(adj)

    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. clean(verb)

    free of drugs

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

  20. clean, make clean(verb)

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

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

  21. clean, pick(verb)

    remove unwanted substances from, such as feathers or pits

    "Clean the turkey"

  22. houseclean, clean house, clean(verb)

    clean and tidy up the house

    "She housecleans every week"

  23. cleanse, clean(verb)

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

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

  24. clean(verb)

    be cleanable

    "This stove cleans easily"

  25. clean(verb)

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

    "The other players cleaned him completely"

  26. clean, strip(verb)

    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. clean(verb)

    remove while making clean

    "Clean the spots off the rug"

  28. scavenge, clean(verb)

    remove unwanted substances from

  29. clean(adverb)

    remove shells or husks from

    "clean grain before milling it"

  30. clean, plumb, plum(adverb)

    completely; used as intensifiers

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

  31. fairly, fair, clean(adverb)

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

    "they played fairly"


  1. clean(Noun)

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

  2. clean(Verb)

    To remove dirt from a place or object.

    Can you clean the windows today?

  3. clean(Verb)

    To tidy up, make a place neat.

    Clean your room right now!

  4. clean(Verb)

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

  5. clean(Verb)

    To make things clean in general.

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

  6. clean(Verb)

    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. clean(Adverb)

    Fully and completely.

    He was stabbed clean through.

  8. clean(Adjective)

    Not dirty.

  9. clean(Adjective)

    In an unmarked condition.

    Put a clean sheet of paper into the printer.

  10. clean(Adjective)

    Pure, especially morally or religiously.

    Our kids can watch this movie because it is clean.

  11. clean(Adjective)

    Not having used drugs or alcohol.

    I've been clean this time for eight months.

  12. clean(Adjective)

    Smooth, exact, and performed well.

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

  13. clean(Adjective)

    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. clean(Adjective)

    Cool or neat.

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

  15. clean(Adjective)

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

  16. clean(Adjective)

    Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

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

  17. clean(Adjective)

    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. clean(Adjective)


Webster Dictionary

  1. Clean

    free from dirt or filth; as, clean clothes

  2. Clean

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

  3. Clean

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

  4. Clean

    free from errors and vulgarisms; as, a clean style

  5. Clean

    free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire

  6. Clean

    free from moral defilement; sinless; pure

  7. Clean

    free from ceremonial defilement

  8. Clean

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

  9. Clean

    well-proportioned; shapely; as, clean limbs

  10. Clean(adverb)

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

  11. Clean(adverb)

    without miscarriage; not bunglingly; dexterously

  12. Clean(adj)

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

  13. Origin: [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, tool or substance to maintain something, keep something in a specific condition or keep something neat or tidy.

    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 something.

    She loved to clean her home when it was needed and knew it wouldn't take long to do it.

    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

How to pronounce clean?

  1. Alex
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How to say clean in sign language?

  1. clean


  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. David Hendler:

    It's a partial clean-up.

  2. Lauren Elizabeth Cutshaw:

    I’m a white, clean girl.

  3. Junius Ho:

    Man up! Sign Up! Clean Up!

  4. Donald Trump on Tuesday:

    Clean air is vitally important.

  5. David Sievers:

    Our position is 100 % clean energy.

Images & Illustrations of clean

  1. cleancleancleancleanclean

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