neat

adjective
\ ˈnēt How to pronounce neat (audio) \
neater; neatest

Definition of neat

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : free from dirt and disorder : habitually clean and orderly kept her room neat
2a : marked by skill or ingenuity : adroit a neat trick
b : precise, systematic mathematics … retains the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife— Bertrand Russell
3 informal : very pleasant, fun, or enjoyable : wonderful, excellent used as a generalized term of enthusiastic approval had a neat time!What a neat idea!We met some neat people at the party.
4a : free from admixture or dilution (see dilute entry 1 sense 3) : straight neat brandy neat cement
b : free from irregularity : smooth neat silk
5 : marked by tasteful simplicity a neat outfit
6 : net neat profit

neat

adverb

Definition of neat (Entry 2 of 3)

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

neat

noun
plural neat or neats

Definition of neat (Entry 3 of 3)

: the common domestic bovine (Bos taurus)

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Other Words from neat

Adjective

neatly adverb
neatness noun

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Adjective

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.

Examples of neat in a Sentence

Adjective

He keeps his apartment neat and clean. The store is always busy but they manage to keep the shelves stocked and neat. a nice neat pile of magazines Fold the paper to make a neat edge. a neat man who always wore a suit He's got a neat way of memorizing information. There is, unfortunately, no neat solution to the problem. She's a neat person who has traveled a lot.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Rooftop tents look really neat on Instagram, but prove disappointing in real-world use. Wes Siler, Outside Online, "A Better Rooftop Tent That's a Camper, Too," 3 Apr. 2018 Stepping up to a pro-level gun makes a world of difference in getting caulk to look neat. Roy Berendsohn, Popular Mechanics, "How to Caulk Your Bathtub," 20 Feb. 2018 Her bedroom and kitchen drawers were open or on the floor as if ransacked, but the drawers were neat, their contents intact, with cash, jewelry, and electronics still in the house, financial documents on the kitchen table. Wired, "A Brutal Murder, a Wearable Witness, and an Unlikely Suspect," 17 Sep. 2019 This story, like most monocausal stories, is probably too neat. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "Are Spies More Trouble Than They’re Worth?," 26 Aug. 2019 To see all these new faces discovering how neat San Diego is after dark will encourage businesses to stay open and capitalize on the new downtown denizens who come from Kearny Mesa or La Jolla for a fun evening in a metropolitan area. San Diego Union-Tribune, "From the Archives: Street Scene got people dancing in the streets in 1984," 18 Aug. 2019 But the opportunity to own a volcano—even a small, extinct, clumpy one—is still pretty neat. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Would You Like to Buy an Extinct Volcano?," 2 Aug. 2019 And everything that was neat about the prior UltraFine monitors’ macOS integration still holds true. Sam Byford, The Verge, "LG UltraFine 4K Display (2019) review: bigger isn’t better," 2 July 2019 At first glance, the stone structures in this picture look like massive flower pots or tunnels that lead to secret underground bunkers—both of which would be pretty neat. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "These Creepy Stone Jars Used to Have Dead People Inside Them," 21 May 2019

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First Known Use of neat

Adjective

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 5

Adverb

circa 1578, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for neat

Adjective and Adverb

Middle French net, from Latin nitidus bright, neat, from nitēre to shine; probably akin to Middle Irish níam luster

Noun

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

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The first known use of neat was before the 12th century

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neat

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of neat

: not messy : clean and orderly
: liking to keep things very clean and orderly
: simple and clever

neat

adjective
\ ˈnēt How to pronounce neat (audio) \
neater; neatest

Kids Definition of neat

1 : showing care and a concern for order a neat room
2 : skillful in a fascinating or entertaining way a neat trick

Other Words from neat

neatly adverb
neatness noun

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