Is there any word for a person who is very , very much concerned about cleanliness and keeping things hygienic and even point out faults in clean things and explaining that they were dirty ?

  • No, there's no single-word substitute in general English for that. – Kris Jun 5 '14 at 6:07
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    We call them a person obsessed with cleanliness. What do you call them? – tchrist Jun 5 '14 at 13:38
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    They might be a germaphobe or mysophobe also. – ermanen Jun 5 '14 at 13:51

I would probably call that person a neat freak. They also might have obsessive compulsive disorder.

  • That's not listed on standard dictionaries, though. It's informal AmE. – Kris Jun 5 '14 at 6:07
  • @Kris - that's where dictionaries lack then. The phrase has been around for 30 years at least and anyone in the US would understand it. – RyeɃreḁd Jun 5 '14 at 12:54
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    +1: That or "clean freak" would do. – Robusto Jun 5 '14 at 13:00
  • @Robusto clean freak lost out to neat freak early on. books.google.com/ngrams/… – Kris Jun 6 '14 at 7:20
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    @Kris: It didn't "lose out" at all. You are making a specious argument from a limited data set. English isn't a winner-take-all horse race, for Pete's sake. Words aren't "disqualified" in some sense because they are used less than other words. – Robusto Jun 6 '14 at 10:04

In pathological terms an ablutomaniac.

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    This is what you would say if you didn't care whether people could understand what you were talking about. – Robusto Jun 5 '14 at 19:35
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    -1 What does the word mean? What is the source of the information? Why would the word be suitable for the OP's context? Without these supporting facts, it cannot be considered an answer. – Kris Jun 7 '14 at 11:57

You could say a number of things: anal retentive or just anal, neat freak, OCD referring to obsessive compulsive disorder, or "stickler for x"

Anal can describe someone who is clean to the point of it becoming a problem, however it is commonly used it in an exaggerating sense.

Neat freak is just as another poster mentioned, but it is an AmE colloquialism.

OCD is similar to anal in the sense that people are obsessed about keeping things neat, or in whatever way they think things should be.

Stickler is a word you might not see very commonly but if you mention it to a native English speaker they should get your gist.

I'll give some examples:

Take your shoes off, man. My wife is really anal about making sure nobody wears shoes in the house. Alternatively: My mom was always anal retentive when I was growing up; if she didn't know where I was at all times she would call me and have me give a status report.

He's such a neat freak, every time I drop a few chips while eating the guy whips out his handheld vacuum and cleans them up.

I'm so OCD about my cups that I order them from shortest to tallest in the cupboard.


You might also consider the word fastidious, though it refers more to one's meticulous nature than cleanliness directly.


Perhaps a mysophobe a.k.a. a germaphobe.

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