|Origin:||net, from Latin nitidus 'bright, neat', from nitere 'to shine'|
neat S2 comparative neater, superlative neatest
tidy and carefully arranged:
His clothes were always neat and clean.
Everything in the house was neat and tidy.
She arranged the books in a nice neat pile.
someone who is neat likes to keep things tidy:
liking things tidy
I've always been quite neat.
very good, pleasant, or enjoyable:
goodAmerican English spoken
That's a really neat idea.
I liked working for him - he was a neat guy.
something that is neat is small and attractive:
her small, neat features
a neat way of doing or saying something is simple but clever and effective:
In the end we found a very neat solution to the problem.
a neat summary of the main issues
a neat alcoholic drink has no ice or water or any other liquid added [= straight]:
drinksDFD especially British English
I can't drink brandy neat.
drinking neat whisky
He wrote his name neatly at the bottom of the page.
The problem was neatly summed up by one of the teachers.
—neatness noun [uncountable]WORD FOCUS: good
very good: excellent, fantastic, wonderful, great, terrific, neat American English, superb, amazing, outstanding, brilliant, impressive, fine, first-class, out of this world
of good quality: high quality, top quality, superior, deluxe, classy
morally good: decent, virtuous, respectable, honourable British English/honorable American English, upright, beyond reproach
➔ See also good