3 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cleanly \Clean"ly\, adverb

1. In a clean manner; neatly.

He was very cleanly dressed. --Dickens.

2. Innocently; without stain. --Shak.

3. Adroitly; dexterously. --Middleton.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Cleanly \Clean"ly\, adjective [Compar. {Cleanlier}; superl. {Cleanliest}.] [From {Clean}.]

1. Habitually clean; pure; innocent. "Cleanly joys." --Glanvill.

Some plain but cleanly country maid. --Dryden.

Displays her cleanly platter on the board. --Goldsmith.

2. Cleansing; fitted to remove moisture; dirt, etc. [Obs.] "With cleanly powder dry their hair." --Prior.

3. Adroit; skillful; dexterous; artful. [Obs.]

Through his fine handling and his cleanly play. --Spenser.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:



1: in an adroit manner; "he bounced it cleanly off the wall" [syn: {flawlessly}, {cleanly}]

2: in a manner that minimizes dirt and pollution; "the motor burns cleanly"

3: without difficulty or distortion; "she played the piano accompaniment cleanly"


1: habitually clean; "cleanly in their persons and habitations"

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