Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective See clear-cut.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective Having a neat, smart appearance

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

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

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Examples

  • In early casting calls for the role, Carlson is described as a clean-cut, smart and crafty cop who comes off more white collar than blue collar.

    The Killing: Is This the Man Who Killed Rosie Larsen?

  • They are a clean-cut, happy-looking couple in their fifties who are decidedly less buttoned-down than the other professionals in the group.

    American Grace

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

    Solitary holdout refuses to leave Japan nuke zone

  • By the mid-60s two distinct clans clashed on bank holidays: the clean-cut mods in their fish-tail parkas, who listened to R 'n' B and the Who on their scooters and the rougher rockers on their motorbikes.

    Is music tribalism dead?

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

    This week's new exhibitions

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

    Solitary holdout refuses to leave Japan nuke zone

  • I was still thinking about that the next day, when news came of the horrific slaughter in Norway and the gradual disclosures that the author was not an bearded Arab terrorist, but a blond,clean-cut White, convinced that he was a soldier in the War of Civilizations, defending the Christian west against the threat of Islam.

    Barry Lando: Mounting Anti-Semitism in Europe

  • Like the ideal victim in the rougher sort of slasher flick, the Motion Picture Production Code was clean-cut, gradually gutted and took a while to die.

    When the Silver Screen Went Red

  • I was still thinking about that the next day, when news came of the horrific slaughter in Norway and the gradual disclosures that the author was not an bearded Arab terrorist, but a blond,clean-cut White, convinced that he was a soldier in the War of Civilizations, defending the Christian west against the threat of Islam.

    Barry Lando: Mounting Anti-Semitism in Europe

  • What's more, the clean-cut, well-spoken, 40-year-old LeMieux could serve as an effective surrogate for Crist on the campaign trail.

    Senator LeMieux

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