Neat meaning

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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.

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Cleverly or smartly phrased or done.
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Left after all deductions; net.

Neat profit.

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A cow or other domestic bovine animal.
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Marked by ingenuity and skill; adroit.

A neat turn of phrase.

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Not diluted or mixed with other substances.

Neat whiskey.

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Wonderful; terrific.

That was a neat party.

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Unmixed with anything; undiluted; straight.
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Free of deductions; net.
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Well-proportioned; shapely.
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Nice, pleasing, fine, etc.
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A bovine animal; ox, cow, etc.
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(archaic) A bull or cow.
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(archaic) Cattle collectively.
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Clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities.

My room is neat because I tidied it this morning.

She has very neat hair.

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Free from contaminants; unadulterated, undiluted. Particularly of liquor and cocktails; see usage below.

I like my whisky neat.

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(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.

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(archaic) With all deductions or allowances made; net.
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Having a simple elegance or style; clean, trim, tidy, tasteful.

The front room was neat and carefully arranged for the guests.

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Well-executed or delivered; clever, skillful, precise.

Having the two protagonists meet in the last act was a particularly neat touch.

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(colloquial) Good, excellent, desirable.

Hey, neat convertible, man.

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The definition of neat is something considered cool or awesome.

An example of something neat is a well-planned and well-executed project.

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Origin of neat

  • Anglo-Norman neit clear, pure variant of Old French net from Latin nitidus elegant, gleaming from nitēre to shine
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • Middle English net from Old English nēat
    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
  • 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 niteō (“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.
    From Wiktionary
  • 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 Noß (“livestock"), Swiss German Nooss (“young sheep or goat"), Swedish nöt (“cattle"), Icelandic naut (“cattle"). More at note.
    From Wiktionary