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

Definition of cleanly

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: in a clean manner


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

Synonyms & Antonyms for cleanly

Synonyms: Adverb

Antonyms: Adverb

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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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Adverb Hayes failed to field the bouncer from Báez cleanly. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, 4 May 2022 Nevin produced Baltimore’s first run in the bottom of the fourth, hitting a ground ball with runners on second and third that Correa didn’t field cleanly for an error. Nathan Ruiz, Baltimore Sun, 3 May 2022 One of these Surrealist and feminist themes is that bodies and technologies can’t be cleanly cleaved apart. New York Times, 30 Apr. 2022 Pointy Q-Tips are perfect for correcting cleanly, everyone needs them in their kit! Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 28 Apr. 2022 In time, this understanding of identity merges cleanly with a historical nationalism more commonly associated with the right. Francis Fukuyama, Harper’s Magazine , 27 Apr. 2022 The five-time world champion, who scored silver at the ‘72 Olympics, won the Route du Rhum in ‘82 and has been a semi-finalist of America’s Cup twice, just unveiled a new hybrid multihull designed to sail the high seas cleanly and efficiently. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 22 Apr. 2022 While the natural wax burns cleanly and evenly with the rich, earthy, and mood-boosting aroma of Palo Santo and Holy Basil, the sleek black vessel looks beautiful in any room, too. Katie Chang, Forbes, 31 Aug. 2021 Adam Engel headed toward the plate, Kwan fired a throw that short-hopped Lavastida, but the Guardians catcher picked the ball cleanly and tagged Engel with a sweeping motion for the first out of the inning. Joe Noga, cleveland, 20 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective De La Hoya rematch, advancing them with rich archival footage presented in cleanly chronological fashion. Tomris Laffly, Variety, 20 Jan. 2022 After inspections in January and February, inspectors noticed a more cleanly, efficient jail operation with better mental healthcare and better technology, specifically noting better surveillance cameras. Adam Ferrise, cleveland, 21 Oct. 2020 And, notoriously, college dorms are not the cleanliest places. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 20 May 2020 See More

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First Known Use of cleanly


13th century, in the meaning defined above


circa 1500, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Cleanly.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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