cleanly

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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English clenly, clenliche, clanly, from Old English clǣnlīc (cleanly, pure, excellent), equivalent to clean +‎ -ly.

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cleanly (comparative cleanlier or more cleanly, superlative cleanliest or most cleanly)

  1. being habitually clean, practising good hygiene
    • 1653, Izaak Walton, The Compleat Angler
      I'll now lead you to an honest ale-house, where we shall find a cleanly room, lavender in the windows, and twenty ballads stuck about the wall.
    • Arthur Conan Doyle, The Lost World
      There were some flat slabs of rock in the centre, with an excellent well close by, and there we sat in cleanly comfort while we made our first plans for the invasion of this new country.
  2. (obsolete) Cleansing; fitted to remove moisture; dirt, etc.
    • Prior
      With cleanly powder dry their hair.
  3. (obsolete) adroit; dexterous; artful
    • Spenser
      Through his fine handling and his cleanly play.
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Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English clenly, clenli, clenliche, from Old English clǣnlīċe (cleanly), equivalent to clean +‎ -ly.

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cleanly (comparative cleanlier or more cleanly, superlative cleanliest or most cleanly)

  1. in a clean way
  2. neatly
    He was very cleanly dressed. — Dickens.
  3. not causing a mess or unnecessary damage
    We agreed to break off our relationship cleanly.
    Fortunately, the bullet passed cleanly through your shoulder.
  4. innocently; without stain
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  5. adroitly; dexterously
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Middleton to this entry?)
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