Definition of cleanly in English:



Pronunciation /ˈkliːnli/
  • 1Without difficulty or impediment; smoothly and efficiently.

    ‘he vaulted cleanly through the open window’
    • ‘Only the distance of history lets us believe that such events are ever carried out cleanly and efficiently.’
    • ‘By the time I had got down to the causeway it stood cleanly cut against a speedwell-blue streak of sky.’
    • ‘Our binmen have worked efficiently and cleanly over the years but the last few weeks have been a shambles as the new system gets under way.’
    • ‘Cut it as cleanly and as close to square as possible.’
    • ‘He accordingly has difficulty executing his runs cleanly.’
    • ‘I guess the Oxford English Dictionary cuts it more cleanly with a black and white approach.’
    • ‘Using sharp pruners, cut the stems cleanly where they meet larger branches.’
    • ‘I tried out the chocolate cake recipe, which produced a pleasant, rather sweet cake, which cut cleanly and was still good to eat a couple of days later.’
    • ‘He had cleanly cut virtually black hair, and though he did not boast the same striking attractiveness as Adam did, was fairly handsome himself.’
    • ‘The War Memorial is cleanly maintained with cut lawns and seats in the surrounding small park.’
    • ‘The song picks up for its coda, breaking into a steady waltz beneath cleanly strummed guitars and theremin.’
    • ‘Looking over the city which he somehow embodies, he simply churns out the words, cleanly, efficiently and quickly.’
    • ‘The chemical industry is under pressure to reduce its impact on the environment and to run its operations as cleanly and efficiently as possible.’
    • ‘If masking tape is used along the sides of the joint, make sure the tape is removed immediately after tooling is complete before the caulk skins over so that it will pull away cleanly and leave a smooth, even line.’
    • ‘When I left St George's Hospital, I imagined that aspects of my past had been excised, cut cleanly away.’
    • ‘They found it difficult to cleanly isolate this property as an aspect.’
    • ‘However, when the chordal melody is doubled in both hands, the left-hand part can be difficult to navigate cleanly.’
    • ‘The knife sliced the paper cleanly and smoothly, shearing off thin ribbons.’
    • ‘Aside from adding extra pressure, focusing on the outcome while you play can help you execute your shot cleanly and smoothly.’
    • ‘It is commonly held that the location on the ballot most difficult to punch cleanly is the four corners of the ballot.’
  • 2In a way that produces no dirt, noxious gases, or other pollutants.

    ‘the engine burns very cleanly’
    • ‘He'll support use of coal - the most abundant fuel in America - by promoting efforts to burn it more cleanly.’
    • ‘Ethanol adds oxygen to gasoline, helping it to burn more cleanly.’
    • ‘Because the fare burns quickly at a high temperature, it also burns cleanly, with virtually no emissions up the stack.’
    • ‘The gas is collected and because it is methane, it burns cleanly.’
    • ‘But even if they burn more cleanly, that's not the end of the problem.’
    • ‘British coal could be burned more cleanly, but only in a new generation of power stations, which would cost millions to develop and take years to come on stream.’
    • ‘Both additives increase the oxygen content of the gasoline which causes it to burn more cleanly and evaporate more slowly.’
    • ‘It burns very, very cleanly in the engine, so it improves emissions in the overall environment a lot.’
    • ‘A large incinerator has been operating in south Bramalea for some years now, cleanly burning up garbage, all the while pumping electricity on to the nearby power grid.’
    • ‘Hydrogen burns cleanly, yielding just water and energy.’
    • ‘It burns more cleanly than petroleum-based diesel, and also has higher lubricity and detergent properties.’
    • ‘Residents worry that they will be further harmed when coal and coke (which don't burn as cleanly as natural gas) are added to the mix of emissions and dust that already plague the area.’
    • ‘The additive makes petrol burn more cleanly, so air pollution is reduced.’
    • ‘The oil mixed with the fuel doesn't burn cleanly.’
    • ‘Without a second thought he tossed it over his shoulder into the fire behind him, where it burned fairly cleanly with a yellow flame.’
    • ‘Because hydrogen contains no carbon, it burns cleanly without a residue of hot soot, producing little radiant energy.’
    • ‘The official rationale behind this policy is that alcohol burns more cleanly than pure gasoline, which supposedly means less air pollution.’
    • ‘That is because coal prices have remained stable while oil and gas prices have trebled in just over a year, and the technology has been developed to burn it much more cleanly than in the past.’
    • ‘I think we will certainly see cleaner coal technologies and there are tremendous amounts of research demonstration models of how you can burn coal more cleanly.’
    • ‘Burning cleanly with no pollutants, this may be an answer the energy sucking economy is looking for.’

adjectivecleanlier, cleanliest

Pronunciation /ˈklɛnli/
  • Habitually clean and careful to avoid dirt.

    ‘some plain but cleanly country maid’


Old English clǣnlīce (adverb), clǣnlīc (adjective): see clean, -ly, -ly.