AskDefine | Define cleaner

Dictionary Definition



1 a preparation used in cleaning something [syn: cleansing agent, cleanser]
2 the operator of dry-cleaning establishment [syn: dry cleaner]
3 someone whose occupation is cleaning

User Contributed Dictionary



(US) IPA: /ˈkliːnər/

Etymology 1

-er clean (agent noun)


  1. a person or thing that cleans
  2. a cleaning detergent
  3. a professional laundry
    I'll have to take this shirt to the cleaners.
Related terms
A person who cleans

Etymology 2

clean + -er


  1. comparative of clean

Extensive Definition

A cleaner is a type of industrial or domestic worker who cleans homes or offices for payment. Unlike other servants, their primary task is just cleaning, except by personal arrangement. Cleaners may also be specialised according to the type of task they perform, such as window cleaners.
The 2000 film Bread and Roses by British director Ken Loach depicted the struggle of cleaners in Los Angeles, California to fight for better pay and working conditions, and the right to join a union. In an interview with the BBC in 2001, Loach stated that over 9000 cleaners from around 30 countries have since contacted him with tales similar to the one told in the film.

See also

cleaner in German: Reinigungskraft
cleaner in French: Femme de ménage
cleaner in Dutch: Schoonmaker
cleaner in Norwegian: Renholder
cleaner in Polish: Sprzątaczka
cleaner in Walloon: Rilocteuse
cleaner in Chinese: 清潔工人

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

abstergent, cathartic, char, charwoman, cleaner-off, cleaner-up, cleaning agent, cleaning lady, cleaning man, cleaning solvent, cleaning woman, cleanser, cleansing cream, cold cream, cream, custodian, dentifrice, depurant, detergent, diuretic, emetic, enema, holystone, janitor, janitress, lotion, mouthwash, nauseant, pumice stone, purgative, purge, purifier, rinse, shampoo, soap, solvent, synthetic detergent, tooth powder, toothpaste, wash
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