I. noun (plural neat or neats) Etymology: 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 Date: before 12th century the common domestic bovine (Bos taurus) II. adjective Etymology: Middle French net, from Latin nitidus bright, neat, from nitēre to shine; probably akin to Middle Irish níam luster Date: 1542 1. free from dirt and disorder ; habitually clean and orderly 2. a. free from admixture or dilution ; straight <
neat brandy
neat cement
b. free from irregularity ; smooth <
neat silk
3. marked by tasteful simplicity <
a neat outfit
4. a. precise, systematic b. marked by skill or ingenuity ; adroit 5. net <
neat profit
6. fine, admirableneatly adverbneatness noun III. adverb Date: 1649 1. in a neat manner <
his hair combed back neat — J. M. Cain
2. without admixture or dilution ; straight

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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  • Neat — Neat, a. [Compar. {Neater}; superl. {Neatest}.] [OE. nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf. {Nitid}, {Net}, a., {Natty}.] 1. Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy. [1913 Webster] If you were to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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