neat

1 [neet]
adjective, neater, neatest.
1.
in a pleasingly orderly and clean condition: a neat room.
2.
habitually orderly and clean in appearance or habits: a neat person.
3.
of a simple, pleasing appearance, style, design, etc.: a neat cottage.
4.
cleverly effective in character or execution: a neat scheme; a neat solution.
5.
Slang. great; wonderful; fine: What a neat car!
6.
clever, dexterous, or apt: She gave a neat characterization of the old woman.
7.
straight ( def 33 ).
8.
Building Trades.
a.
(of cement) without sand or other aggregate.
b.
(of plaster) without any admixture except hair or fiber.
9.
net: neat profits.
adverb
10.
Informal. neatly.

Origin:
1300–50; Middle English net spruce, trim, clean < Middle French < Latin nitidus shining, polished, handsome, spruce, equivalent to nit(ēre) to shine + -idus -id4

neatly, adverb
neatness, noun


1. spruce, smart. 4. finished, well-planned. 6. adroit. 7. unmixed, pure.


1. sloppy. 6. maladroit. 7. mixed.
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neat

2 [neet]
noun, plural neat.
an animal of the genus Bos; a bovine, as a cow or ox.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English neet, Old English nēat, cognate with Old Norse naut, Middle Dutch noot; akin to Old English nēotan to use, possess

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neat1 (niːt)
 
adj
1.  clean, tidy, and orderly
2.  liking or insisting on order and cleanliness; fastidious
3.  smoothly or competently done; efficient: a neat job
4.  pat or slick: his excuse was suspiciously neat
5.  (of alcoholic drinks) without added water, lemonade, etc; undiluted
6.  a less common word for net : neat profits
7.  slang chiefly (US), (Canadian) good; pleasing; admirable
 
[C16: from Old French net, from Latin nitidus clean, shining, from nitēre to shine; related to Middle Irish niam beauty, brightness, Old Persian naiba- beautiful]
 
'neatly1
 
adv
 
'neatness1
 
n

neat2 (niːt)
 
n , pl neat
archaic, dialect or a domestic bovine animal
 
[Old English neat]

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neat
1542, "clean, free from dirt," from Anglo-Fr. neit, from O.Fr. net "clear, pure," from L. nitidus "well-favored, elegant, trim," lit. "gleaming," from nitere "to shine," from PIE base *nei-/*ni- "to shine" (cf. M.Ir. niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" O.Ir. noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh
nwyfiant "gleam, splendor"). Meaning "inclined to be tidy" is from 1577. Sense of "straight liquor" is c.1800, from meaning "unadulterated" (of wine), first attested 1579. Informal sense of "very good" first recorded 1934 in Amer.Eng.; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Neatnik "excessively tidy person" is from 1959 (see -nik).
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Slang Dictionary

neat definition


  1. mod.
    great; cool; fine. : That was not a very neat thing to do.
  2. exclam.
    Wow! (Usually Neat!) : Neat! I'm glad you came.
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Example sentences
It was located high on the mountain, where simple piles of dirt had been
  arranged in neat rows.
The hospital, a neat white building along a lane of avocado trees, is buried
  deep within.
The thin, the focused and the neat are freaks-but they are cut out for success.
Ostrich meat that is cut into neat slices or re-formed into steaks called
  medallions or mignons cooks quite evenly.
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