- clenly (obsolete)
- 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.
- 1765, Oliver Goldsmith, The Traveller, or, A Prospect of Society
- While his lov'd partner boastful of her hoard,
- Displays the cleanly platter on the board;
- (obsolete) Cleansing; fitted to remove moisture; dirt, etc.
- (obsolete) Adroit; dexterous; artful.
- 1591, Ed[mund] Sp[enser], “Prosopopoia. Or Mother Hubberds Tale.”, in Complaints. Containing Sundrie Small Poemes of the Worlds Vanitie. […], London: […] William Ponsonbie, […], OCLC 15537294:
- Through his fine handling and his cleanly play.
being habitually clean
- In a clean way, neatly.
- Not causing a mess or unnecessary damage.
- We agreed to break off our relationship cleanly.
- Fortunately, the bullet passed cleanly through your shoulder.
- Innocently; without stain.
- c. 1597 (date written), William Shakespeare, “The First Part of Henry the Fourth, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies […] (First Folio), London: […] Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act V, scene iv]:
- liue cleanly, as a Nobleman should do
- Adroitly; dexterously
in a clean way