A maid makes sure this hotel room is neat.
- The definition of neat is something considered cool or awesome.
An example of something neat is a well-planned and well-executed project.
- Neat is defined as someone or something that is tidy, well-formed or well-done.
- A room where everything is put away is an example of a neat room.
- A person who always has clean clothes and who is always well-groomed is an example of a neat person.
- A perfectly drawn straight line is an example of a neat line.
- A really cool new painting is an example of a neat painting.
- unmixed with anything; undiluted; straight: said esp. of liquor drunk without a mixer or chaser
- Rare free of deductions; net
- clean and in good order; trim; tidy
- characterized by tidiness, skill, and precision: a neat worker
- without anything superfluous; simple
- well-proportioned; shapely
- cleverly or smartly phrased or done
- Slang nice, pleasing, fine, etc.: a generalized term of approval
Origin of neatFrench net from Classical Latin nitidus, shining, elegant, smart, trim from nitere, to shine from Indo-European base an unverified form nei-, to be active, shine from source Middle Irish n?am, luster, beauty
Origin of neatMiddle English nete from Old English neat (akin to Old Norse naut, Dutch noot) from base of neotan, to enjoy, possess from Indo-European base an unverified form neud-, to make use of from source Lithuanian naudà, benefit, possessions
- a. Orderly and clean; tidy: a neat office; a neat desk.b. Habitually tidy or well-organized: was lucky to have a neat roommate.
- Marked by ingenuity and skill; adroit: a neat turn of phrase.
- Not diluted or mixed with other substances: neat whiskey.
- Left after all deductions; net: neat profit.
- Slang Wonderful; terrific: That was a neat party.
Origin of neatAnglo-Norman neit clear, pure variant of Old French net from Latin nitidus elegant, gleaming from nitēre to shine
nounpl. neat Archaic
Origin of neatMiddle English net from Old English nēat
From Middle English nete, neat, from Old English nÄ“at (“animal, beast, ox, cow, cattle"), from Proto-Germanic *nautÄ… (“foredeal, profit, property, livestock"), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (“to acquire, make use of"). Cognate with Dutch noot (“cow, cattle", in compounds), dialectal German NoÃŸ (“livestock"), Swiss German Nooss (“young sheep or goat"), Swedish nÃ¶t (“cattle"), Icelandic naut (“cattle"). More at note.
(comparative neater, superlative neatest)
- Clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities.
- My room is neat because I tidied it this morning.
- She has very neat hair.
- Free from contaminants; unadulterated, undiluted. Particularly of liquor and cocktails; see usage below.
- I like my whisky neat.
- (chemistry) Conditions with a liquid reagent or gas performed with no standard solvent or cosolvent
- The Arbuzov reaction is performed by adding the bromide to the phosphite, neat.
- The molecular beam was neat acetylene.
- (archaic) With all deductions or allowances made; net.
- Having a simple elegance or style; clean, trim, tidy, tasteful.
- The front room was neat and carefully arranged for the guests.
- Well-executed or delivered; clever, skillful, precise.
- Having the two protagonists meet in the last act was a particularly neat touch.
- (colloquial) Good, excellent, desirable.
- Hey, neat convertible, man.
- (undiluted liquor or cocktail): on the rocks
In bartending, neat has the formal meaning “a liquor pour straight from the bottle into a glass, at room temperature, without ice or chilling". This is contrasted with on the rocks (“over ice"), and with drinks that are chilled but strained (stirred over ice to chill, but poured through a strainer so that there is no ice in the glass), which is formally referred to as up. However, the terminology is a point of significant confusion, with neat, up, straight up, and straight being used by bar patrons (some bartenders) variously and ambiguously to mean either “unchilled" or “chilled" (but without ice in the glass), and hence clarification is often required.
From Middle English *nete, net, nette (> Modern net "good, clean"), from Anglo-Norman neit (“good, desireable, clean"), apparently a conflation of Old French net, nette ("clean, clear, pure"; from Latin nitidus (“gleaming"), from niteÅ (“I shine")) and Middle English *neit, nait ("in good order, trim, useful, dextrous"; from Old Norse neytr (“fit for use, in good order"), from Proto-Germanic *nautiz (“useful, helpful")). See nait.