neat·​nik | \ ˈnēt-nik How to pronounce neatnik (audio) \

Definition of neatnik

: a person who is compulsively neat

Examples of neatnik in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Newgarden is a neatnik, an organizer, someone who wonders aloud about his OCD tendencies. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Josef Newgarden's beautiful mind needs to go faster and faster," 24 May 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'neatnik.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

First Known Use of neatnik

1959, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about neatnik

Time Traveler for neatnik

Time Traveler

The first known use of neatnik was in 1959

See more words from the same year

Statistics for neatnik

Cite this Entry

“Neatnik.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

More from Merriam-Webster on neatnik

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for neatnik

Comments on neatnik

What made you want to look up neatnik? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

A More Exception(al) Quiz

  • hot dog  hot dog  hot dog  hot dog cat
  • Which of the following words is not a synonym for ‘a young person’?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

Dictionary Devil

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!