Synonyms of clean in English:



  • 1 he bared his clean, white teeth in a smile keep the wound clean
    [Antonyms] dirty
  • 2 a clean sheet of paper
    blank, empty, bare, clear, plain, white;
    unused, new, pristine, fresh, unmarked, unfilled, untouched
    [Antonyms] used
  • 3 he breathed in the sharp, clean air
    [Antonyms] polluted
  • 4 Kate had envied her mother her nice clean life
    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;
    Christianity immaculate, impeccable
    informal squeaky clean
    [Antonyms] immoral
  • 5 the investigation demonstrated that the firm is clean
    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
    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 informal the staff at the facility gave them counselling and taught them to stay clean
    drug-free, free of drugs, off drugs;
    informal dry, on the wagon, straight
  • 8 these secateurs give a clean cut he took a clean catch
    neat, smooth, crisp, straight, accurate, precise, slick;
    British inch-perfect
    [Antonyms] ragged
  • 9 the clean lines of a good design
    simple, elegant, graceful, uncluttered, trim, shapely, unfussy, uncomplicated;
    streamlined, smooth, well defined, definite, clean-cut;
    regular, symmetrical
    [Antonyms] complex, elaborate
  • Phrases

    come clean

    informal I'll have to come clean—that story is only a rumour
    tell the truth, be completely honest, tell all, make a clean breast of it;
    confess, own up, admit guilt, admit to one's actions/crimes/sins, accept blame/responsibility, plead guilty


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  • informal I clean forgot her birthday
  • verb

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  • 1 Dad had cleaned the kitchen windows
    wash, cleanse, wipe, sponge, scrub, mop, rinse, scour, swab, hose down, sluice (down), flush, polish, disinfect;
    literary lave
    [Antonyms] dirty, soil
  • 2 I would have to get my clothes cleaned
  • 3 she began to clean the fish
    gut, eviscerate, remove the innards of, draw, dress
  • Phrases

    clean someone out

    informal the fine cleaned him out
    bankrupt, ruin, make insolvent, make penniless, wipe out, impoverish, reduce to penury/destitution, bring to ruin, bring someone to their knees, break, cripple

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