The native churches are generally the neatest buildings in the village, and are used for schools as well as for churches.
It was the neatest, best-stored Ritualistic cupboard in Bumsteadville.
That was the neatest thing I ever saw, the way he got into that saddle and deliberately put that pony at the window.
This is one of the neatest plants of this structure in our woods.
Samuel Rogers, who wrote the neatest of hands, records that Clive wrote the worst and certainly the most illegible of scrawls.
"It's going to be one of the neatest tricks of the week," he said.
She had on the neatest of sandals, with black ribbons, which crossed over the instep.
This should be the neatest, best kept village in all Kira Barra.
Young fowls may either be roasted or boiled, the male making the best roasted, and the female the neatest boiled dish.
"Perhaps that would be the neatest way out of it," he agreed.
1540s, "clean, free from dirt," from Anglo-French neit, Middle French net "clear, pure" (12c.), from Latin nitidus "well-favored, elegant, trim," literally "gleaming," from nitere "to shine," from PIE root *nei- "to shine" (cf. Middle Irish niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" Old Irish noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh nwyfiant "gleam, splendor").
Meaning "inclined to be tidy" is from 1570s. Of liquor, "straight," c.1800, from meaning "unadulterated" (of wine), which is first attested 1570s. Informal sense of "very good" first recorded 1934 in American English; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Related: Neatly; neatness.
"ox, bullock, cow," Old English neat "ox, beast, animal," from Proto-Germanic *nautam "thing of value, possession" (cf. Old Frisian nat, Middle Dutch noot, Old High German noz, Old Norse naut), from PIE root *neud- "to make use of, enjoy."