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
drug-free, free of drugs, off drugs
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, sluice, sluice 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
    informal

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

    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
    informal

    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

    rare

    pauperize, beggar