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cleanly

[adj. klen-lee; adv. kleen-lee] /adj. ˈklɛn li; adv. ˈklin li/
adjective, cleanlier, cleanliest.
1.
personally neat; careful to keep or make clean:
The cat is by nature a cleanly animal.
2.
habitually kept clean.
3.
Obsolete. cleansing; making clean.
adverb
4.
in a clean manner.
Origin of cleanly
900
before 900; Middle English clenlich(e), Old English clǣnlīc, equivalent to clǣne clean + -līc -ly
Related forms
cleanliness
[klen-lee-nis] /ˈklɛn li nɪs/ (Show IPA),
noun
Can be confused
cleanliness, cleanness.
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cleanly

adverb (ˈkliːnlɪ)
1.
in a fair manner
2.
easily or smoothly: the screw went into the wood cleanly
adjective (ˈklɛnlɪ) -lier, -liest
3.
habitually clean or neat
Derived Forms
cleanlily (ˈklɛnlɪlɪ) adverb
cleanliness (ˈklɛnlɪnɪs) noun
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Word Origin and History for cleanliness
n.

early 15c., from cleanly + -ness.

Cleanliness is indeed next to godliness. [John Wesley, Sermon "On Dress," c.1791]

cleanly

adj.

Old English clænlic "morally pure, innocent," from clæne (see clean (adj.)). Of persons, "habitually clean," from c.1500.

adv.

Old English clænlice; see clean (adj.) + -ly (2).

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