What is the difference between dirty and clean?

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Clean is an antonym of dirty.

As adjectives the difference between dirty and clean

is that dirty is unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime while clean is not dirty.

As adverbs the difference between dirty and clean

is that dirty is in a dirty manner while clean is fully and completely.

As verbs the difference between dirty and clean

is that dirty is to make (something) dirty while clean is to remove dirt from a place or object.

As a noun clean is

removal of dirt.




  • Unclean; covered with or containing unpleasant substances such as dirt or grime.
  • *
  • That makes one unclean; corrupting, infecting.
  • Morally unclean; obscene or indecent, especially sexually.
  • Dishonourable; violating accepted standards or rules.
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  • Corrupt, illegal, or improper.
  • Out of tune.
  • Of color, discolored by impurities.
  • (computing) Containing data which need to be written back to a larger memory.
  • (slang) Carrying illegal drugs among one's possessions or inside of one's bloodstream.
  • (informal) Used as an intensifier, especially in conjunction with "great".
  • Sleety; gusty; stormy.
  • * M. Arnold
  • Storms of wind, clouds of dust, an angry, dirty sea.
  • * (Douglas Adams),
  • Rain type 17 was a dirty blatter battering against his windscreen so hard that it didn't make much odds whether he had his wipers on or off.


    * (covered with or containing dirt) filthy, soiled, sordid, unclean, unwashed; see also * (violating accepted standards or rules) cheating, foul, unsporting, unsportsmanlike * (obtained illegally or by improper means) ill-gotten * (considered morally corrupt) base, dishonest, dishonorable, filthy, despicable, lousy, mean, sordid, unethical, vile * (considered obscene or indecent) indecent, lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious * dingy, dullish, muddied, muddy


    * (covered with or containing dirt) clean * (violating accepted standards or rules) sportsmanlike * bright, pure

    Derived terms

    * dirtiness * dirty bomb * dirty code * dirty dance * dirty dancing * dirty girl * dirty grease * Dirty Harry * dirty joke * dirty laundry * dirty look * dirty magazine * dirty mouth * dirty old man * dirty rice * dirty Sanchez * dirty talk * dirty weather * dirty word * dirty work * dirty wound * do someone dirty * filthy dirty * quick-and-dirty * quick and dirty


    (en adverb)
  • In a dirty manner.
  • Synonyms

    * (in a dirty manner) deceptively, dirtily, indecently, underhandedly

    Derived terms

    * talk dirty


  • To make (something) dirty.
  • To stain or tarnish (somebody) with dishonor.
  • To debase by distorting the real nature of (something).
  • To become soiled.
  • Synonyms

    * (to make dirty) soil, taint; see also * (to stain or tarnish with dishonor) sully



    (wikipedia clean)


  • Free of dirt or impurities or protruberances.
  • #Not dirty.
  • #:
  • #*
  • #*:Then his sallow face brightened, for the hall had been carefully furnished, and was very clean . ¶ There was a neat hat-and-umbrella stand, and the stranger's weary feet fell soft on a good, serviceable dark-red drugget, which matched in colour the flock-paper on the walls.
  • #In an unmarked condition.
  • #:
  • #(lb) Allowing an uninterrupted flow over surfaces, without protrusions such as racks or landing gear.
  • #Empty.
  • #:
  • #(lb) Having relatively few impurities.
  • #:
  • Free of immorality or criminality.
  • #Pure, especially morally or religiously.
  • #:
  • #*(Bible), (Psalms) li.10:
  • #*:Create in me a clean heart, O God.
  • #* (1809-1892)
  • #*:That I am whole, and clean , and meet for Heaven.
  • #Not having used drugs or alcohol.
  • #:
  • # Without restrictions or penalties, or someone having such a record.
  • #:
  • #(lb) Not in possession of weapons or contraband such as drugs.
  • #:
  • Smooth, exact, and performed well.
  • :
  • (lb) Cool or neat.
  • :
  • (lb) Being free of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).
  • :
  • Which doesn’t .
  • :
  • Free from that which is useless or injurious; without defects.
  • :
  • Free from restraint or neglect; complete; entire.
  • *(Bible), (w) xxiii.22:
  • *:When ye reap the harvest of your land, thou shalt not make clean riddance of corners of thy field.
  • Well-proportioned; shapely.
  • :
  • Ascended without falling.
  • Synonyms

    * (not dirty) * (empty)


    * dirty * unclean

    Derived terms

    * clean as a hound's tooth * * clean sheet * clean sweep * cleanliness * cleanly * come clean * lick clean * unclean


    (en noun)
  • Removal of dirt.
  • This place needs a clean .
  • (weightlifting) The first part of the event clean and jerk in which the weight is brought from the ground to the shoulders.
  • Verb

    (en verb)
  • To remove dirt from a place or object.
  • Can you clean the windows today?
  • To tidy up, make a place neat.
  • Clean your room right now!
  • (climbing) To remove equipment from a climbing route after it was previously lead climbed.
  • To make things clean in general.
  • She just likes to clean . That’s why I married her.
  • (curling) To brush the ice lightly in front of a moving rock to remove any debris and ensure a correct line; less vigorous than a sweep.
  • Synonyms

    * See also

    Derived terms

    * clean someone’s clock * clean out * clean up * cleaner * houseclean


  • Fully and completely.
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  • , title=(The China Governess) , chapter=1 citation , passage=The huge square box, parquet-floored and high-ceilinged, had been arranged to display a suite of bedroom furniture designed and made in the halcyon days of the last quarter of the nineteenth century, when modish taste was just due to go clean out of fashion for the best part of the next hundred years.}}