neatneat /niːt/ ●●●S2 adjective1tidyTIDYtidy and carefully arrangedneat handwritingHis clothes were always neat and clean.Everything in the house was neat and tidy.She arranged the books in a nice neat pile.► see thesaurus at tidy2liking things tidyTIDY someone who is neat likes to keep things tidyI’ve always been quite neat.3good American English spokenGOOD/EXCELLENT very good, pleasant, or enjoyableThat’s a really neat idea.I liked working for him – he was a neat guy.► see thesaurus at good4small something that is neat is small and attractiveher small, neat features5cleverINTELLIGENT formal a neat way of doing or saying something is simple but clever and effectiveIn the end we found a very neat solution to the problem.a neat summary of the main issues6drinksDFDDRINK especially British English a neat alcoholic drink has no ice or water or any other liquid added syn straightI can’t drink brandy neat.drinking neat whisky —neatly adverbHe wrote his name neatly at the bottom of the page.The problem was neatly summed up by one of the teachers. —neatness noun [uncountable]
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neat• "Why don't we go to the beach!'' "Yeah that sounds really neat.''• She had been waiting there all night, but she still looked neat.• He was about fifty-five, short, sturdy, and very neat.• Douglas drinks his scotchneat.• Draw a roughdiagram -- it doesn't have to be very neat.• The handwriting was neat and prim.• I like to see everything looking neat and tidy.• Chris looked neat and well shaven.• Neither of my sons is neat by nature.• An man in a neatgraysuit sat on the other side of the bar.• Gina has very small neat handwriting.• One of our designers has come up with a neat idea for storing computer disks.• Jim and I need more time together away from the kids, so we came up with this neat idea of meeting after work.• Billy's cottage was set back off the road, behind a neat little hedge.• I met some really neat people at the conference.• He put his clothes in a neatpile on the bed.• His jackets were arranged in a neatrow in the closet.• At the Penta the porters had worked out a neatscam with the airlinecrews who regularly booked into the hotel.• They were part of another life, neatsignals towards its ending.• a neatsoftwarepackage• It's a complicated problem, and there's no neatsolution.• Mrs Woodie cut the sandwiches in neatsquares.• Two paths crossed the rectangularfield, forming a neat St Andrew's Cross of down-trodden grass.• A few neatsteps, a well-choreographed move and they claimed one back.• I bought a neattool for carvingwood.• Dole has to go negative without seeming negative, a neattrick.• Taking up a sport is a neat way of meeting new people, and it's good for you too.neat and clean• Their apartment was always neat and clean.• Her bed and bedsidetable were always neat and clean.• I was not a great waitress, but I was neat and clean.• Inside, the medium-weight bracing is in the traditionalMartin X-pattern and everything looks neat and clean.• So whenever the boardarrived, of course, the children were always neat and clean.• Already a six-footer, he is noted for keeping his uniformneat and clean, and for excellence in sports.• It looked neat and clean from the outside and the curtains were freshly washed.• No scars, the nailsneat and clean, shorter than Brampton's.• It was neat and clean, the smell of paint and thinners taking over from the smell of straw and apples.