Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Neat \Neat\, a. [Compar. Neater; superl. Neatest.] [OE. nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf. Nitid, Net, a., Natty.]
Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.
If you were to see her, you would wonder what poor body it was that was so surprisingly neat and clean.
Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.
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. ``Our old wine neat.''
Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.
With all deductions or allowances made; net.
Note: [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]
neat line (Civil Engin.), a line to which work is to be built or formed.
Neat work, work built or formed to neat lines.
Syn: Nice; pure; cleanly; tidy; trim; spruce.
Neat \Neat\ (n[=e]t), n. sing. & pl. [AS. ne['a]t; akin to OHG.
n[=o]z, Icel. naut, Sw. n["o]t, Dan. n["o]d, and to AS.
ne['o]tan to make use of, G. geniessen, Goth. niutan to have
a share in, have joy of, Lith. nauda use, profit.] (Zo["o]l.)
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.
Wherein the herds[men] were keeping of their neat.
The steer, the heifer, and the calf
Are all called neat.
A neat and a sheep of his own.
Neat's-foot, an oil obtained by boiling the feet of neat cattle. It is used to render leather soft and pliable.
Neat \Neat\, a. [See neat, n.] Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
1540s, "clean, free from dirt," from Anglo-French neit, Middle French net "clear, pure" (12c.), from Latin nitidus "well-favored, elegant, trim," literally "gleaming," from nitere "to shine," from PIE root *nei- "to shine" (cognates: Middle Irish niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" Old Irish noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh nwyfiant "gleam, splendor").\n
\nMeaning "inclined to be tidy" is from 1570s. Of liquor, "straight," c.1800, from meaning "unadulterated" (of wine), which is first attested 1570s. Informal sense of "very good" first recorded 1934 in American English; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Related: Neatly; neatness.
"ox, bullock, cow," Old English neat "ox, beast, animal," from Proto-Germanic *nautam "thing of value, possession" (cognates: Old Frisian nat, Middle Dutch noot, Old High German noz, Old Norse naut), from PIE root *neud- "to make use of, enjoy."
Neat may refer to:
- Neat (bartending), a single, unmixed liquor served in a rocks glass
Cattle, singular or plural
- Neat, an old term for an individual animal of the species of cattle Bos taurus
- Neat (TV series), a Canadian television series
- Neat Records, a British record label
Neat (TV series)
Neat is a Canadian television series, which aired on HGTV in Canada and 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. In America, the series is currently airing on ION Life.
adj. clean or orderly; "her neat dress"; "a neat room"
showing care in execution; "neat homework"; "neat handwriting"
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" [syn: clean]
very good; "he did a bully job"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing" [syn: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, slap-up, swell, smashing]
Etymology 1 n. 1 (context archaic English) A bull or cow. 2 (context archaic English) Cattle collectively. Etymology 2
a. clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities. n. (cx informal English) An artificial intelligence researcher who believes that solutions should be elegant, clear and provably correct. Compare (term scruffy English).
Usage examples of "neat".
There were several women delegates and Ken made the most of their ablutions until he was distracted by the appearance of Karanja in a neat grey suit, an ingratiating grin on his face and his big ears standing out like sails.
As things turned out, he was always known as Metellus Scipio, a neat compromise to both blood and adoptive family.
So he went to his place and fell asleep and slept long, while the women went down to acre and meadow, or saw to the baking of bread or the sewing of garments, or went far afield to tend the neat and the sheep.
I was so pleased with this neat and simple control that we have employed it for several other of the key steps in the cascade - finding, for instance, that the increase in dendritic spines occurs only in a remembering and not in an amnesic group.
This is a much neater place than the last, but the people look stupid and apathetic, and I wonder what they think of the men who have abolished the daimiyo and the feudal regime, have raised the eta to citizenship, and are hurrying the empire forward on the tracks of western civilisation!
Tycho was an argumentative soul who, once, in a duel, had the end of his nose snipped off, and thereafter always had to appear in public with a neat silver tip glinting in the light.
They had never before had a chance to look into the armoury, but now at a glance Hal saw that it was all laid out in a neat and orderly fashion.
And I saw Astel in those eyes, laughing at me, and Tacit in those eyes, proclaiming that he, not I, was the hero, and I saw the contempt of the knights, the sneers of the squires, the disdain of Stroker, everyone, all encapsulated in this one neat package.
I saw Astel in those eyes, laughing at me, and Tacit in those eyes, proclaiming that he, not I, was the hero, and I saw the contempt of the knights, the sneers of the squires, the disdain of Stroker, everyone, all encapsulated in this one neat package.
He came to Auer and executed a neat, military right-face, hoping to make his getaway before the guy in the pickup realized he was gone.
For the first time in three years neat tubes of aureomycin ointment for udder sores were neatly stacked in the old space on the shelf.
Rice, Currants, Sugar, Prunes, Cynamon, Ginger, Pepper, Cloves, Green Ginger, Oil, Butter, Holland cheese or old Cheese, Wine-Vinegar, Canarie-Sack, Aqua-vitae, the best Wines, the best Waters, the juyce of Limons for the scurvy, white Bisket, Oatmeal, Gammons of Bacons, dried Neats tongues, Beef packed up in Vineger, Legs of Mutton minced and stewed, and close packed up, with tried Sewet or Butter in earthen Pots.
Wines, the best Waters, the juyce of Limons for the scurvy, white Bisket, Oatmeal, Gammons of Bacons, dried Neats tongues, Beef packed up in Vineger, Legs of Mutton minced and stewed, and close packed up, with tried Sewet or Butter in earthen Pots.
A garnet brooch deftly unclipped from the bombasine blouse worn by a nanny earned a gaol term or transportion no different to the neatest unclipping of a diamond pin from the silk bodice of a duchess.
Either Bonaventure was a neat freak or he had sanitized the place before my arrival.