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  • 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.
  • in a clean way
          Despite travelling for the last week, she was cleanly dressed.
  • not causing a mess or unnecessary damage
          We agreed to break off our relationship cleanly.
          Fortunately, the bullet passed cleanly through your shoulder.
- The Nuttall Encyclopedia

Clean"ly (?), a. [Compar. Cleanlier (?); superl. Cleanliest.] [From Clean.] 1. Habitually clean; pure; innocent. "Cleanly joys." Glanvill.

Some plain but cleanly country maid.

Displays her cleanly platter on the board.

2. Cleansing; fitted to remove moisture; dirt, etc. [Obs.] "With cleanly powder dry their hair." Prior.

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

Through his fine handling and his cleanly play.

Clean"ly (?), adv. 1. In a clean manner; neatly.

He was very cleanly dressed.

2. Innocently; without stain. Shak.

3. Adroitly; dexterously. Middleton.

- Webster's Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

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