However…the failure to send a distress call still undermines the neatness of this picture.
She stepped out into the side porch and looked about her with a glance of pleasure in the neatness and charm of the little place.
Caution the pupils as to accuracy, neatness, and quietness while working.
She unpacked her trunk and hung up her clothes with care and neatness which the Ethels admired.
When she plays Chopin, she interprets his sureness and neatness.
With neatness and dispatch he guided the brig across the dangerous waters of the Atlantic and into her haven.
The little white-curtained room was bareness and neatness itself.
But it should be added that those who have always been accustomed to eat with their fingers do so with dexterity and neatness.
neatness in dress was the one virtue she had inherited from her mother.
Indeed, I must own that, in point of neatness, Susan was even superior to my old friend Rose.
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" (cf. Middle Irish niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" Old Irish noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh nwyfiant "gleam, splendor").
Meaning "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" (cf. Old Frisian nat, Middle Dutch noot, Old High German noz, Old Norse naut), from PIE root *neud- "to make use of, enjoy."