adjective, neat·er, neat·est.
- (of cement) without sand or other aggregate.
- (of plaster) without any admixture except hair or fiber.
- neat line,
- neat's-foot oil,
- neath port talbot
Origin of neat1
Examples from the Web for neatly
They also give the impression that you have a neatly organized life.Handbags: The More You Pay, The Smaller They Shrink|Elizabeth Landers|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He caught the first round in his thin and neatly clipped beard, right under the jaw.
The neighbors first on the scene wondered how Taylor could have died “so neatly.”
When he looks at the neatly compiled jigsaw puzzle of his life, however, he feels empty, deeply dissatisfied.Is ‘Satisfaction’ a Love Story That’s Too Real About Sex and Marriage?|David Masciotra|September 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Neatly hung laundry still dangled over the main street from the second-floor balcony of an apartment above a blown-out storefront.
It is washed and anointed, the usual marks are made with sandal paste and ashes as in life, and it is neatly clothed.Castes and Tribes of Southern India|Edgar Thurston
His uniform was spotless, and it was pressed as neatly as if it had just come from the hands of a tailor.The Scouts of Stonewall|Joseph A. Altsheler
The neatly cut swaths of the little man with the jimdandy mower came to a dramatic end in the middle of the yard.Greener Than You Think|Ward Moore
Evidently she found it mirth provoking by contrast with her own neatly efficient garb.Armageddon--2419 A.D.|Philip Francis Nowlan
It was neatly cut from the girdle, in the shape of a shield, a little over a foot in width.The Lance of Kanana|Harry W. French
Word Origin for neat
noun plural neat
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."