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

  • adj. Having well-formed limbs; well-proportioned.

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  • adj. Having a slender, athletic physical frame.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. With well-proportioned, unblemished limbs.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Having well-proportioned limbs; lithe; shapely: as, “a. clean-limbed fellow,”

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

  • adj. having well-proportioned limbs


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  • Those were their cards and they had to play them, willy-nilly, hunchbacked or straight backed, crippled or clean-limbed, addle-pated or clear - headed.

    Chapter X

  • Besides, she was a clean-limbed, willowy creature, possessed of much grace which had not hitherto been realized.

    The Wife of a King

  • The chest was deep, it is true, cavernously deep; but there were no full-swelling muscles, no wide-spreading shoulders, no clean-limbed straightness, no generous symmetry of outline.


  • The point of low fantasy is to watch clean-limbed fighting men from Virginia clash flashing blades against surly yet brawny barbarians from Cimmeria during the last days of Rome on Mars or something, and maybe rescue a half-naked space princess from eldritch evil priests, eldritch chthonic demons, eldritch undead, eldritch pirates, eldritch highwaymen, eldritch encyclopedia salesmen of darkness.

    MIND MELD: Gods by the Bushel

  • Like Meg, she also looked like one of those clean-limbed, fresh-faced women who probably once did time as a sorority sister at some Big Ten University, and no doubt dated a fullback named Bud.


  • She was a splendid young animal, tall, clean-limbed, slim and shapely.

    People of the Dark

  • Brianna resembled Jamie in more than coloring; she stood six feet in her stockings and had her father's clean-limbed strength.

    A Breath of Snow and Ashes

  • From a father acquaintance with the natives, it was found, that the colour of their skins was not so dark as had at first been apprehended, and that all of them were remarkably clean-limbed, and extremely active and nimble.

    Narrative of the Voyages Round The World, Performed by Captain James Cook

  • The horses were very fine, tall and clean-limbed, with glossy coats.

    Kushiel's Avatar

  • Sancha listened, uncomprehending, hugging her slim knees, her thoughts constantly roving away from the words of her grim companion back to a clean-limbed bronze giant whose laughter was gusty and elemental as the sea-wind.

    The Coming of Conan The Cimmerian


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  • Makes me all misty and nostalgic for Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    March 10, 2010

  • nicely evocative of the quality those with very little body fat have in common with a comparatively clean drawing: all the sketchy bits carefully erased, leaving well-defined, tight, liquidy lines. (i would generally say this more of men.)

    July 23, 2008