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clean-limbed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj clean-limbed having well-proportioned limbs
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Clean-limbed With well-proportioned, unblemished limbs; as, a clean-limbed young fellow.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • clean-limbed Having well-proportioned limbs; lithe; shapely: as, “a. clean-limbed fellow,”
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Clean-limbed having well-proportioned limbs: smart
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. clǽne; W., Gael. glan, shine, polish; Ger. klein, small.

Usage

In literature:

Five feet six inches; broad and muscular, but spare and clean-limbed.
"Brighter Britain! (Volume 1 of 2)" by William Delisle Hay
Take two chickens and more than half stew them; cut them into limbs; take the skin clean off, and all the inside that is bloody.
"The Lady's Own Cookery Book, and New Dinner-Table Directory;" by Charlotte Campbell Bury
The boy saw them come, and stood up in his place clean-limbed and taut for running.
"Boys and Girls Bookshelf (Vol 2 of 17)" by Various
He was as clean-shaven as a marble Apollo, and not less neatly limbed.
"The Side Of The Angels" by Basil King
He was riding a great, clean-limbed horse, his left hand grasping its mane.
"The Price of the Prairie" by Margaret Hill McCarter
He is undeniably handsome, and is very clean-limbed, and has something peculiar about his smile that takes women as a rule.
"Portia" by Duchess
As if a Gabriel would not need clean limbs and a firm hand in a grapple with the ministers of misrule!
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 16, No. 95, September 1865" by Various
They were men of good stature, well formed, and clean limbed; their woolly hair often surmounted with plumes of ostrich feathers.
"The Ruined Cities of Zululand" by Hugh Mulleneux Walmsley
Observe his limbs; clean and well-shaped as a Nedjed mare's.
"My Kalulu, Prince, King and Slave" by Henry M. Stanley
Now and then our crew of clean-limbed Tonga boys rested on their oars, with timid, limpid gaze turned askance.
"Where the Pavement Ends" by John Russell
Rescued by cool, daring, clean-limbed Van-Soforth, who says 'By Jove!
"Ewing\'s Lady" by Harry Leon Wilson
But most marvellous was a clean-limbed, deep-chested, slender running horse, accompanied by a sawed-off English groom.
"The Westerners" by Stewart Edward White
He was small, not much taller than Pete Domley, and his horse, a clean-limbed sorrel, seemed huge in comparison.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
He'd be a sturdy boy, strong, bright-eyed, no puling weakling, but a true Blakeney, clean-limbed and big.
"The Oyster" by A Peer
A tall, clean-shaven, clean-limbed fellow he was lying back in the deep leather armchair with his coffee at his side.
"The Zeppelin Destroyer" by William Le Queux
He saw again the half-hundred clean-limbed athletes, sons of rich Jovian families.
"The Metal Moon" by Everett C. Smith
Gone clean through the fleshy part of the arm and still transfixing the limb.
"The Great Airship." by F. S. Brereton
Clean-limbed, muscular, and straight-eared, his tail curved up over his back in the most approved style.
"In Search of a Siberian Klondike" by Homer B. Hulbert
Desirable for landscape work because of its clean trunk and limbs, deep shade, and freedom from insect pests.
"Michigan Trees" by Charles Herbert Otis
Together they walked along the cool cypress avenue; he tall, clean-limbed in his suit of white linen and panama.
"The Lady in the Car" by William Le Queux
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In poetry:

For there is ample room for bliss
In pride in clean brown limbs,
And lips know better how to kiss
Than how to raise white hymns.
"To A Brown Boy" by Countee Cullen
But my young limbs are strong,
My throat thirsts for a song!
The meanings and the potencies of youth
Are gathering in my reins
And throbbing in my veins;
I pant and pine for deep clean springs of Truth!
"Full-Fledged (Une barbe de jeune dieu)" by Maurice Thompson
"Where were the stallions, all courage and fire,
To beget the clean limbs and the hearts that ne'er tire?
Where were they, the mares that should bear the brave sons
For rush o' the squadrons and roar o' the guns?"
"The Quest (Horses For The Army)" by Cicely Fox Smith

In news:

It is that time of year when people fire up their chainsaws and get downed limbs and trees cleaned up and stockpile firewood.
Conditions at Colorado Springs, CO. City Forestry crews are responding to and cleaning up trees and limbs from City Right of Way trees.
This is a July picture of the courtyard at the Calcutt Middle School, before members of the Central Falls High football team cleaned out the massive overgrowths of trees, limbs, and grass earlier this month.
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