Cleanlier
Cleanly Clean"ly, a. [Compar. {Cleanlier}; superl. {Cleanliest}.] [From {Clean}.] 1. Habitually clean; pure; innocent. ``Cleanly joys.'' --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

Some plain but cleanly country maid. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Displays her cleanly platter on the board. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]

2. Cleansing; fitted to remove moisture; dirt, etc. [Obs.] ``With cleanly powder dry their hair.'' --Prior. [1913 Webster]

3. Adroit; skillful; dexterous; artful. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Through his fine handling and his cleanly play. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • cleanlier — clean·ly || klenlɪ adj. in clean or tidy manner; neatly; fastidiously adv. in a clean manner, in an unsoiled manner …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Cleanliest — Cleanly Clean ly, a. [Compar. {Cleanlier}; superl. {Cleanliest}.] [From {Clean}.] 1. Habitually clean; pure; innocent. Cleanly joys. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] Some plain but cleanly country maid. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Displays her cleanly platter …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Cleanly — Clean ly, a. [Compar. {Cleanlier}; superl. {Cleanliest}.] [From {Clean}.] 1. Habitually clean; pure; innocent. Cleanly joys. Glanvill. [1913 Webster] Some plain but cleanly country maid. Dryden. [1913 Webster] Displays her cleanly platter on the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cleanly — I. adverb Date: 13th century in a clean manner II. adjective (cleanlier; est) Date: circa 1500 1. careful to keep clean ; fastidious 2. habitually kept clean • cleanliness noun …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • cleanly — cleanliness /klen lee nis/, n. adj. /klen lee/; adv. /kleen lee/, adj., cleanlier, cleanliest, adv. adj. 1. personally neat; careful to keep or make clean: The cat is by nature a cleanly animal. 2. habitually kept clean. 3. Obs. cleansing; making …   Universalium

  • cleanly — adverb kli:nli in a clean manner. adjective klɛnli (cleanlier, cleanliest) archaic habitually clean. Derivatives cleanliness klɛnlɪnɪs noun …   English new terms dictionary

  • cleanly — /ˈklinli/ (say kleenlee), /ˈklɛnli/ (say klenlee) adjective (cleanlier, cleanliest) 1. personally neat; careful to keep or make oneself clean. 2. habitually clean. 3. Obsolete cleansing; making clean. –adverb 4. in a clean manner. –cleanlily… …   Australian English dictionary

  • cleanliness — cleanly ► ADVERB ▪ in a clean manner. ► ADJECTIVE (cleanlier, cleanliest) archaic ▪ habitually clean. DERIVATIVES cleanliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cleanly — ► ADVERB ▪ in a clean manner. ► ADJECTIVE (cleanlier, cleanliest) archaic ▪ habitually clean. DERIVATIVES cleanliness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • cleanly — cleanly1 [klen′lē] adj. cleanlier, cleanliest [ME clenli < OE clænlice < clæne,CLEAN] 1. keeping oneself or one s surroundings clean 2. always kept clean cleanliness n. cleanly2 [klēn′lē] adv …   English World dictionary

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