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Neat \Neat\, a. [Compar. Neater; superl. Neatest.] [OE. nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf. Nitid, Net, a., Natty.]

  1. 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.

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

  3. 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.''

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

  5. 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.


a. (en-comparative of: neat)

Usage examples of "neater".

AK-47s leaned against the courthouse wall in a row neater than the Castalia Invincibles were likely to form.

Her hair was neater, tucked away under her wimple, and those long, grotesque fingernails had been clipped off.

The nearest way I can explain it is that twelve divides into neater pieces.

Lawyers stood out from the rest in their suits, some of which had seen neater days.

She had a fair knowledge of anatomy, mostly learned in the battlefield while looking at the actuality of torn-open bodies, not the neater, more leisurely education of medical school, or dissections of the dead.

They wear the same uniform I do, but somehow it looks different on them, neater, more stylish.

The hedge was thick, but a skilled gardener could not have opened a neater arch.

People knew a lot more about dying inside the hospital and made a much neater, more orderly job of it.

This made me laugh heartily, and I was pleased to find her looking neater than usual, which, doubtless, made me find her looking prettier.

Peter Bell the First was Peter Smugger, milder, softer, neater, Like the soul before it is Born from THAT world into THIS.

Fern would put him in charge of a castle filled with treasures, because he always leaves a place neater, crisper, more loved than it was when he moved in.

He was marginally neater and cleaner than the others, and carried a sword of rank.