: cut so that the surface or edge is smooth and even
: sharply defined
: of wholesome appearance

Examples of clean-cut in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Yet light and dark have always been intertwined for a famously clean-cut group whose story encompasses substance abuse, mental illness and a bullying father-slash-manager. Mikael Wood, Los Angeles Times, 24 May 2024 Sporting a clean-cut look in an unbuttoned suit on Instagram, the image Stephen Manuel Costa sells is all about money and success. Rebecca San Juan, Miami Herald, 23 May 2024 Six years after the first verdict, a clean-cut Rodney Alcala was convicted a second time. Peter Van Sant, CBS News, 14 May 2024 Advertisement Snoop Dogg isn’t exactly the most clean-cut guy either. Chuck Schilken, Los Angeles Times, 7 May 2024 That winter, the Yankees were bought by Steinbrenner, a businessman who insisted that his players represent the team in a clean-cut manner. Bruce Weber, New York Times, 13 Apr. 2024 In that context, Weezer stood out immediately as a clean-cut quartet of geeks whose whimsical power pop retained some of the new wave polish of producer Ric Ocasek’s band the Cars. Spin Staff, SPIN, 11 Mar. 2024 Kelce teamed his more clean-cut look with a vibrant blue outfit. Michelle Lee, Peoplemag, 23 Feb. 2024 At the front of the station, a wall of reporters greeted Lee, who appeared tense and solemn — a sharp departure from his public image of clean-cut, jaunty wholesomeness. Max Kim, Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1843, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of clean-cut was in 1843

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“Clean-cut.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clean-cut. Accessed 22 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition


: neat and wholesome looking

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