house·​clean | \ ˈhau̇s-ˌklēn How to pronounce houseclean (audio) \
housecleaned; housecleaning; housecleans

Definition of houseclean

intransitive verb

1 : to clean a house and its furniture
2 : to get rid of unwanted or undesirable items or people

transitive verb

1 : to clean the surfaces and furnishings of
2 : to improve or reform by ridding of undesirable people or practices

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Other Words from houseclean

housecleaning \ ˈhau̇s-​ˌklē-​niŋ How to pronounce houseclean (audio) \ noun

Examples of houseclean in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Spending on things like housecleaning services or grocery delivery left people feeling more satisfied than spending on things like new clothes and wine. Ashley Whillans And Michael Norton, WSJ, "If You Want to Feel Better, Spend Money on Saving Time," 10 Sep. 2017 If a company tells you it is bonded, know that doesn’t mean much: The bonds housecleaning services buy protect the company, not you. Kevin Brasler, The Seattle Times, "Ready for spring cleaning? How to get help managing your mess," 28 Apr. 2017

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First Known Use of houseclean

1854, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for houseclean

back-formation from housecleaning

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“Houseclean.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2021.

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