adjective, neat·er, neat·est.
- (of cement) without sand or other aggregate.
- (of plaster) without any admixture except hair or fiber.
Origin of neat1
Synonyms for neat
Antonyms for neat
Related Words for neatnesscleanliness, tidiness, cleanness, orderliness, organization, correctness, order, clearness
Examples from the Web for neatness
Contemporary Examples of neatness
However…the failure to send a distress call still undermines the neatness of this picture.How Flight 370 Could Have Become a Zombie
March 19, 2014
Historical Examples of neatness
Cody's planes are noted for their neatness, rigidity and smoothness.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
It is the only tavern in the village, and for neatness and comfort can not easily be surpassed.
Let neatness, and elegance, and beauty exhibit their proudest charms.Imogen
Neatness was at all times my pride; but now plainness was the conformity to necessity.Beaux and Belles of England
It lacks the neatness, the athletic movement of Paine's English.Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle
H. N. Brailsford
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."