neat

1
[ neet ]
/ nit /

adjective, neat·er, neat·est.

adverb

Informal. neatly.

Origin of neat

1
1300–50; Middle English net spruce, trim, clean < Middle French < Latin nitidus shining, polished, handsome, spruce, equivalent to nit(ēre) to shine + -idus -id4

Related forms

neat·ly, adverbneat·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for neatest (1 of 2)

neat

1
/ (niːt) /

adjective

Derived Forms

neatly, adverbneatness, noun

Word Origin for neat

C16: from Old French net, from Latin nitidus clean, shining, from nitēre to shine; related to Middle Irish niam beauty, brightness, Old Persian naiba- beautiful

British Dictionary definitions for neatest (2 of 2)

neat

2
/ (niːt) /

noun plural neat

archaic, or dialect a domestic bovine animal

Word Origin for neat

Old English neat
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