- in a pleasingly orderly and clean condition: a neat room.
- habitually orderly and clean in appearance or habits: a neat person.
- of a simple, pleasing appearance, style, design, etc.: a neat cottage.
- cleverly effective in character or execution: a neat scheme; a neat solution.
- Slang. great; wonderful; fine: What a neat car!
- clever, dexterous, or apt: She gave a neat characterization of the old woman.
- straight(def 33).
- Building Trades.
- (of cement) without sand or other aggregate.
- (of plaster) without any admixture except hair or fiber.
- net: neat profits.
- Informal. neatly.
Origin of neat1
Synonyms for neatSee more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
Antonyms for neat
Related Words for neaterprecise, accurate, tidy, slick, sleek, elegant, orderly, spotless, immaculate, smart, well-kept, efficient, effortless, graceful, quick, stylish, handy, chic, correct, dainty
Examples from the Web for neater
Contemporary Examples of neater
Philip may think it would be neater and cleaner to eliminate it outright?The Overheated Case Against Romneycare
August 4, 2012
The “new” Abe has a smoother face with a straighter collar, a neater necktie and a shorter neck.Seventeen’s About Face on Altered Photos
July 6, 2012
There is no question that things would be neater for the GOP if the contest were cut short.No Clear Path to Victory for Romney
John Avlon, Ben Jacobs
March 7, 2012
Historical Examples of neater
It was neater and better kept than the majority of the huts of the peasants.The Cat of Bubastes
G. A. Henty
It certainly looked like one; no compliment could be neater.The Stranger in France
"Couldn't be any neater or more comfortable," judged Nan with satisfaction.Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach
Annie Roe Carr
Nothing can be neater and cleaner than the whole system of curing the fish!Acadia
Frederic S. Cozzens
Jeanne was neater and prettier than I had ever expected to see her.The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard
- clean, tidy, and orderly
- liking or insisting on order and cleanliness; fastidious
- smoothly or competently done; efficienta neat job
- pat or slickhis excuse was suspiciously neat
- (of alcoholic drinks) without added water, lemonade, etc; undiluted
- a less common word for net 2 neat profits
- slang, mainly US and Canadian good; pleasing; admirable
Word Origin for neat
- archaic, or dialect a domestic bovine animal
Word Origin for neat
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."