cleanly

adverb
clean·​ly | \ ˈklēn-lē How to pronounce cleanly (audio) \

Definition of cleanly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a clean manner

cleanly

adjective
clean·​ly | \ ˈklen-lē How to pronounce cleanly (audio) \
cleanlier; cleanliest

Definition of cleanly (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : careful to keep clean : fastidious
2 : habitually kept clean

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Other Words from cleanly

Adjective

cleanliness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for cleanly

Synonyms: Adverb

clean, fair, fairly, legally

Antonyms: Adverb

dirty, illegally

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Examples of cleanly in a Sentence

Adverb

A sharp knife will cut through the skin of a tomato cleanly. This fuel burns more cleanly than other fuels.

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And Leury Garcia’s inability to pick up the ball cleanly after that set up the third run of the inning. John Hickey, chicagotribune.com, "Reynaldo Lopez strikes out 10 but gets no offensive support in White Sox's 8-1 loss to A's," 17 Apr. 2018 Sherman’s teammate Earl Thomas was able to hit Gronkowski cleanly in a near-identical play last season. Andrew Joseph, For The Win, "Richard Sherman explains why helmet-to-helmet hit on Rob Gronkowski wasn't dirty," 21 Jan. 2018 With its resonating cavity, the traditional guitar was hard to amplify cleanly. David Kirby, WSJ, "‘The Birth of Loud’ Review: Constructive Feedback," 17 Jan. 2019 The teeth of this high-quality 40-tooth blade have both flat-top and alternate-top-bevel grind so the blade rips and crosscuts cleanly. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "5 Biggest Woodworking Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)," 15 Jan. 2019 Dickson says Apple has struggled to cleanly integrate the number of charging coils built within the mat, too, a problem that has reportedly been exacerbated by the relatively compact size of the device. Jeff Dunn, Ars Technica, "Reports: Apple AirPower still overheating, may be “doomed to failure”," 17 Sep. 2018 Canada’s Spencer O’Brien got up limping after falling on her first jump, Rukajarvi made it cleanly to the third jump before crashing out on her first run. Dan Wolken, USA TODAY, "Jamie Anderson wins her second Olympic gold in women's snowboard slopestyle," 12 Feb. 2018 The consumer space and enterprise are not cleanly separated discrete markets. Peter Bright, Ars Technica, "$600 Chromebooks are a dangerous development for Microsoft," 1 Sep. 2018 For one thing, the Briz-M was supposed to separate cleanly in one large piece without producing any additional fragments. Anatoly Zak, Popular Mechanics, "Did the New Russia-Europe Mars Mission Narrowly Escape a Launch Disaster?," 22 Mar. 2016

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First Known Use of cleanly

Adverb

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Adjective

circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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cleanly

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of cleanly

: easily and completely
: without causing pollution

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