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neat

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noun \ˈnēt\

Definition of neat

plural

neat

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neats

  1. :  the common domestic bovine (Bos taurus)

Origin and Etymology 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


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neat

adjective

Definition of neat

  1. 1 :  free from dirt and disorder :  habitually clean and orderly kept her room neat

  2. 2a :  free from admixture or dilution (see 1dilute 3) :  straight neat brandy neat cementb :  free from irregularity :  smooth neat silk

  3. 3 :  marked by tasteful simplicity a neat outfit

  4. 4a :  precise, systematic mathematics … retains the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife — Bertrand Russellb :  marked by skill or ingenuity :  adroit a neat trick

  5. 5 :  net neat profit

  6. 6 :  fine, admirable What a neat idea!

neatly

adverb

neatness

noun

Examples of neat in a Sentence

  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 and Etymology 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


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neat

adverb

Definition of neat

  1. 1 :  in a neat manner his hair combed back neat — J. M. Cain

  2. 2 :  without admixture or dilution :  straight

Origin and Etymology of neat

see 2neat


First Known Use: circa 1578



NEAT Defined for English Language Learners

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neat

adjective

Definition of neat for English Language Learners

  • : not messy : clean and orderly

  • : liking to keep things very clean and orderly

  • : simple and clever


NEAT Defined for Kids

neat

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adjective \ˈnēt\

Definition of neat for Students

neater

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neatest

  1. 1 :  showing care and a concern for order a neat room

  2. 2 :  skillful in a fascinating or entertaining way a neat trick

neatly

adverb

neatness

noun

History for 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.”



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