1. neat and smart in appearance

a clean-cut and well-bred young man


the trig corporal in his jaunty cap


a trim beard

Syn: ↑trig, ↑trim
Similar to: ↑tidy
Derivationally related forms: ↑trimness (for: ↑trim)
2. clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible

as clear as a whistle


clear footprints in the snow


the letter brought back a clear image of his grandfather


a spire clean-cut against the sky


a clear-cut pattern

Syn: ↑clear, ↑clear-cut
Similar to: ↑distinct
Derivationally related forms: ↑clearcutness (for: ↑clear-cut), ↑clearness (for: ↑clear)

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neat, tidy, orderly, smart, fresh, spruce, trim
COLLOQ. natty

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\\ˈ ̷ ̷| ̷ ̷\ adjective
1. : having a clean and distinct outline as if evenly and precisely cut along the border : seen in high relief as if chiseled, sculptured, or shaped in a mold

the skyline stands out clean-cut — G.R.Stewart

he had clean-cut features and piercing eyes

the clean-cut youthful figure leaning over her friend — Ellen Glasgow

a. : accomplished or attained through precision so as to give clear demarcation or distinctness of effect or result

the habit of clean-cut articulation

b. : explicit and unmistakable in intent and distinct in detail

the difficulties that have beset investigators in getting clean-cut answers — J.B.Conant

c. : narrowly limiting or limited in range : quite definite

his responsibility in the matter is clean-cut

3. : presented concisely and vividly by avoidance of vagueness, oversubtlety, or diverting embellishment and a minimum of shading and transition

detectives have made a clean-cut case

one of the cleanest-cut of all his stories

4. : wholesome and uncontaminated : wholly up to standard in sterling qualities

a clean-cut and well-bred young man

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/kleen"kut"/, adj.
1. having distinct, regular shape: a face with clean-cut features.
2. clearly outlined.
3. neat and wholesome: a polite, clean-cut young man.
4. unambiguously clear; unmistakable; clear-cut: The case against him is a clean-cut one.

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clean-cutˈ adjective
1. Neat, well-shaped or well-formed
2. Uncluttered, without blemish or unnecessary ornament
3. With a neat, respectable appearance
• • •
Main Entry:clean

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clean-cut UK US adjective
a clean-cut man looks clean and tidy
Thesaurus: clean and tidy in appearancesynonym

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clean-cut «KLEEN KUHT», adjective.
1. having clear, sharp, outlines: »

He has a clean-cut profile.

2. well-shaped.
3. Figurative. clear; definite; distinct: »

a clean-cut statement of fact.

4. Figurative. having a neat and wholesome look: »

a clean-cut young man.

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adj. sharply outlined

the normally clean-cut edge between sea and land has become blurred

giving the appearance of neatness and respectability

the ad featured two clean-cut teenagers

evoking or suggesting such respectability

a scandal that threatens her clean-cut image

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/ˈkliːnˈkʌt/ adj [more \clean-cut; most \clean-cut]
: having a neat appearance that suggests you are someone who does not break rules or cause trouble

a polite, clean-cut young man

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ˌclean-ˈcut [clean-cut] adjective
(especially of a young man) looking neat and clean and therefore socially acceptable

Simon's clean-cut good looks

Useful english dictionary. 2012.

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