neat

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[ neet ]
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adjective, neat·er, neat·est.

adverb

Informal. neatly.

Nearby words

  1. nearside,
  2. nearsighted,
  3. nearsightedly,
  4. nearsightedness,
  5. nearthrosis,
  6. neat line,
  7. neat's-foot oil,
  8. neaten,
  9. neath,
  10. neath port talbot

Origin of neat

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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 formsneat·ly, adverbneat·ness, noun

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neat

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/ (niːt) /

adjective

Derived Formsneatly, 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

neat

2
/ (niːt) /

noun plural neat

archaic, or dialect a domestic bovine animal

Word Origin for neat

Old English neat

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