noun \ˈnēt\
plural neat or neats

Definition of NEAT

:  the common domestic bovine (Bos taurus)

Origin of NEAT

Middle English neet, from Old English nēat; akin to Old High German nōz head of cattle, Old English nēotan to make use of, Lithuanian nauda use
First Known Use: before 12th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms

apiary, bantam, calico, girth, hogwash, mast, rut



: not messy : clean and orderly

: liking to keep things very clean and orderly

: simple and clever

Full Definition of NEAT

:  free from dirt and disorder :  habitually clean and orderly
a :  free from admixture or dilution :  straight <neat brandy> <neat cement>
b :  free from irregularity :  smooth <neat silk>
:  marked by tasteful simplicity <a neat outfit>
a :  precise, systematic
b :  marked by skill or ingenuity :  adroit
:  net <neat profit>
neat·ly adverb
neat·ness noun

Examples of NEAT

  1. He keeps his apartment neat and clean.
  2. The store is always busy but they manage to keep the shelves stocked and neat.
  3. a nice neat pile of magazines
  4. Fold the paper to make a neat edge.
  5. a neat man who always wore a suit
  6. He's got a neat way of memorizing information.
  7. There is, unfortunately, no neat solution to the problem.
  8. She's a neat person who has traveled a lot.

Origin of NEAT

Middle French net, from Latin nitidus bright, neat, from nitēre to shine; probably akin to Middle Irish níam luster
First Known Use: 15th century



Definition of NEAT

:  in a neat manner <his hair combed back neat — J. M. Cain>
:  without admixture or dilution :  straight

First Known Use of NEAT

circa 1578
NEATLY Defined for Kids


adjective \ˈnēt\

Definition of NEAT for Kids

:  showing care and a concern for order <a neat room>
:  skillful in a fascinating or entertaining way <a neat trick>
neat·ly adverb
neat·ness noun

Word History of NEAT

The English word neat can be traced back to a Latin adjective nitidus that meant shining, bright, or clear. The French word net that came from this Latin word had the same meanings and came into English as neat. English neat at first meant bright or clean. Later it was used to mean simple and in good taste, skillful, and tidy.

Synonym Discussion of NEAT

neat, tidy, and trim mean showing care and a concern for order. neat is used when something is clean in addition to being orderly. <Your clothes should always be neat.> tidy is used for something that is continually kept orderly and neat. <I work hard to keep my room tidy.> trim is used when something is orderly and compact. <They live in trim, comfortable houses.>


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