Definition of neat adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//niːt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//niːt//
    (neater, neatest)
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  1. 1  tidy and in order; carefully done or arranged a neat desk neat handwriting neat rows of books She was wearing a neat black suit. They sat in her neat and tidy kitchen.
  2. 2  (of people) liking to keep things tidy and in order; looking tidy or doing things in a tidy way Try and be neater! He had a neat methodical mind.
  3. 3small, with a pleasing shape or appearance synonym trim her neat figure The puppies’ ears should be neat and in proportion to the head.
  4. 4simple but clever a neat explanation a neat solution to the problem
  5. 5(North American English, informal) good; excellent It's a really neat movie. We had a great time—it was pretty neat.
  6. 6(British English) (North American English straight) (especially of alcoholic drinks) not mixed with water or anything else neat whisky
  7. Word Originlate 15th cent. (in the sense ‘clean, free from impurities’): from French net, from Latin nitidus ‘shining’, from nitere ‘to shine’; related to net (adjective). The sense ‘bright’ (now obsolete) was recorded in English in the late 16th cent.Extra examples I’ve made the front lawn all neat and tidy. She kept her desk extremely neat. The handwriting was surprisingly neat. By nature he was clean and neat. Each resident is expected to keep their room neat. He sorted his papers into a neat pile. Neil turned up the next day looking very clean and neat. She was a very efficient, neat woman. The children are always neat and tidy. The desks were in neat rows. This hairstyle is easy to keep neat and tidy. We were soon passing the neat lawns of the suburbs. You’ve got very neat handwriting!
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