Synonyms of clean in English:

clean


See definition of clean

adjective

1‘he bared his clean, white teeth in a smile’

SYNONYMS

washed, scrubbed, cleansed, cleaned, polished

spotless, unsoiled, unstained, unspotted, unsullied, unblemished, immaculate, pristine, speckless, dirt-free

hygienic, sanitary, disinfected, sterilized, sterile, aseptic, decontaminated, healthy

pure, white, whiter than white

laundered

informal squeaky clean, as clean as a whistle

ANTONYMS

dirty

2‘a clean sheet of paper’

SYNONYMS

blank, empty, bare, clear, plain, white

unused, new, pristine, fresh, unmarked, unfilled, untouched

ANTONYMS

used

3‘he breathed in the sharp, clean air’

SYNONYMS

pure, clear, fresh, crisp, refreshing

unpolluted, uncontaminated, untainted, unmixed, unadulterated

distilled, purified

ANTONYMS

polluted

4‘Kate had envied her mother her nice clean life’

SYNONYMS

virtuous, good, upright, upstanding

honourable, respectable, reputable, decent, righteous, moral, morally correct, ethical, exemplary, honest, just

innocent, pure, chaste, undefiled, guiltless, blameless, irreproachable, unimpeachable, pure as the driven snow, whiter than white

immaculate, impeccable

informal squeaky clean

ANTONYMS

immoral

5‘the investigation demonstrated that the firm is clean’

SYNONYMS

innocent, guiltless, blameless, clear, in the clear, not to blame, guilt-free, crime-free, above suspicion, unimpeachable, irreproachable

informal squeaky clean

ANTONYMS

guilty

6‘a good clean fight’

SYNONYMS

fair, honest, sporting, sportsmanlike, just, upright, law-abiding, chivalrous, honourable, according to the rules, according to Hoyle

informal on the level

ANTONYMS

dirty, unfair

7‘the staff at the facility gave them counselling and taught them to stay clean’

SYNONYMS

sober, teetotal, non-drinking, clear-headed, as sober as a judge

informal drug-free, free of drugs, off drugs

informal abstinent, self-restrained

informal dry, on the wagon, straight

8‘these secateurs give a clean cut’

SYNONYMS

neat, smooth, crisp, straight, accurate, precise, slick

British inch-perfect

ANTONYMS

ragged

9‘the clean lines of a good design’

SYNONYMS

simple, elegant, graceful, uncluttered, trim, shapely, unfussy, uncomplicated

streamlined, smooth, well defined, definite, clean-cut

regular, symmetrical

ANTONYMS

complex, elaborate


adverb

1‘I clean forgot her birthday’

SYNONYMS

completely, entirely, totally, fully, wholly, thoroughly, altogether, quite, utterly, absolutely


verb

1‘Dad had cleaned the kitchen windows’

SYNONYMS

wash, cleanse, wipe, sponge, scrub, mop, rinse, scour, swab, hose down, flush, polish, disinfect

shampoo

floss

literary lave

ANTONYMS

dirty, soil

2‘I would have to get my clothes cleaned’

SYNONYMS

launder

dry-clean

3‘she began to clean the fish’

SYNONYMS

gut, eviscerate, remove the innards of, draw, dress


Phrases

    come clean

      ‘I'll have to come clean—that story is only a rumour’

      SYNONYMS

      tell the truth, be completely honest, tell all, make a clean breast of it

      informal

      confess, own up, admit guilt, admit to one's actions, admit to one's crimes, admit to one's sins, accept blame, accept responsibility, plead guilty

      informal

      get something off one's chest, fess up

    clean someone out

      ‘the fine cleaned him out’

      SYNONYMS

      bankrupt, ruin, make insolvent, make penniless, wipe out, impoverish, reduce to destitution, reduce to penury, bring to ruin, bring someone to their knees, break, cripple

      informal, rare

      pauperize, beggar