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

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 In order to keep your home or office neat and tidy, a handheld vacuum goes so much farther than a broom and dustpan. Chris Hachey, BGR, 4 Oct. 2021 The sunny Dutch door opens to a neat and tidy mudroom. Sarah Alba, Better Homes & Gardens, 4 Oct. 2021 Whereas business data used to be neat and tidy, residing in efficient databases, today’s business information has spread across documents, photos, scans, IoT data, and even emails and texts. Anand Raman, Forbes, 1 Oct. 2021 Sure, things were neat and tidy on the surface, but the underside of my desk could fit right at home on the Nebuchadnezzar. Julian Chokkattu, Wired, 19 Sep. 2021 The store, co-owned and managed by Roscoe’s sister, Nellie Hudson, is extremely neat and clean. cleveland, 4 Sep. 2021 President Biden is right about one thing: There never was going to be a neat and easy exit from Afghanistan after 20 years of entanglement there. Gerald F. Seib, WSJ, 23 Aug. 2021 The new Valmeyer is neat and orderly, with manicured and still-new looking homes. Doug Struck, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 July 2021 Masback also suggests scanning images and paying attention to particularly neat and tidy rows, which often indicate the presence of military bases. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, 14 July 2021

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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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13 Oct 2021

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“Neat.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/neat. Accessed 18 Oct. 2021.

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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

Choose the Right Synonym for 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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