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Date: 1500-1600
Language: French
Origin: net, from Latin nitidus 'bright, neat', from nitere 'to shine'

neat

adjective
     
Related topics: Drink
neat S2 comparative neater, superlative neatest
1

tidy

tidy and carefully arranged:
neat handwriting
His clothes were always neat and clean.
Everything in the house was neat and tidy.
She arranged the books in a nice neat pile.
2

liking things tidy

someone who is neat likes to keep things tidy:
I've always been quite neat.
3

good

American English spoken very good, pleasant, or enjoyable:
That's a really neat idea.
I liked working for him - he was a neat guy.
4

small

something that is neat is small and attractive:
her small, neat features
5

clever

formal 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
6

drinks

DFD especially British English a neat alcoholic drink has no ice or water or any other liquid added [= straight]:
I can't drink brandy neat.
drinking neat whisky
neatly adverb:
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 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

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