from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Clearly and sharply defined or outlined.
  • adj. Neat and trim in appearance.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Having a neat, smart appearance

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. See clear-cut.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Clear-cut; well-shaped; definite; precise: as, a clean-cut mouth; a clean-cut statement.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. neat and smart in appearance
  • adj. clear and distinct to the senses; easily perceptible


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  • We are already being forgotten, said Matsumura, a leathery but clean-cut man with the sturdy build of a farmer.

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  • Everything is clean-cut and glossy; the lipstick and eye-shadow sparkling.

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