What does neat mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. neat, orderly(adj)

    clean or organized

    "her neat dress"; "a neat room"

  2. neat(adj)

    showing care in execution

    "neat homework"; "neat handwriting"

  3. neat, refined, tasteful(adj)

    free from what is tawdry or unbecoming

    "a neat style"; "a neat set of rules"; "she hated to have her neat plans upset"

  4. clean, neat(adj)

    free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed

    "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"

  5. bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, neat, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing(adj)

    very good

    "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"

  6. neat, straight, full-strength(adj)

    without water

    "took his whiskey neat"


  1. Neat(a.)

    Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy; to drink one's vodka neat. Hence: (Chem.) Pure; undiluted; as, dissolved in neat acetone.

  2. Origin: [OE. nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf. Nitid, Net, a., Natty.]

Webster Dictionary

  1. Neat

    cattle of the genus Bos, as distinguished from horses, sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus Bos; as, a neat's tongue; a neat's foot

  2. Neat(noun)

    of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle

  3. Neat(adj)

    free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy

  4. Neat(adj)

    free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress

  5. Neat(adj)

    free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy

  6. Neat(adj)

    excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief

  7. Neat(adj)

    with all deductions or allowances made; net. [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]

  8. Origin: [See neat, n.]


  1. Neat

    Neat is a Canadian television series, which airs on HGTV in Canada and formerly on Discovery Home in the United States. Hosted by professional organizer Hellen Buttigieg, Neat is a home improvement series in which Buttigieg helps a person with cluttered living spaces devise solutions to help organize their lives and possessions more effectively.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Neat

    nēt, adj. belonging to the bovine genus.—n. black-cattle: an ox or cow.—ns. Neat′-herd, one who herds, or has the care of, neat or cattle; Neat′-house, a building for the shelter of neat-cattle.—Neat's-foot oil, an oil obtained from the feet of oxen; Neat's leather, leather made of the hides of neat-cattle. [A.S. neát, cattle, a beast—neótan, niótan, to use; cf. Scot. nowt, black-cattle.]

  2. Neat

    nēt, adj. trim: tidy: clean: well-shaped: without mixture or adulteration: finished, adroit, clever, skilful.—adj. Neat′-hand′ed, dexterous.—adv. Neat′ly.—n. Neat′ness. [Fr. net—L. nitidus, shining—nìtēre, to shine.]

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British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'neat' in Adjectives Frequency: #651


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of neat in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of neat in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Haris naeem dhoraji:

    Coffee black, water tap, whisky neat.

  2. Don Herold:

    There's one thing about baldness, it's neat.

  3. John Lehman, Secretary of the US Navy, 1981-1987:

    Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat

  4. John Lehman:

    Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat.

  5. Julie Johnson:

    It was really neat to see the photos after four years.

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