If you're neat, you're clean and tidy. A neat roommate is usually easier to live with than a sloppy one. And a neat mustache is probably better than a big bushy one.

Your neat handwriting might have made you the pride of your third-grade teacher, and your neat hairstyle will pass muster with your ballet instructor (who insists on a very tidy bun on every dancer's head). You can also use the word neat to mean "great," "cool," or "super." Neat comes from the Old French net, "clear or pure," from the Latin nitidus, "gleaming." Since the 1930s, it's also meant "very good."

Definitions of neat
  1. adjective
    clean or organized
    “her neat dress”
    “a neat room”
    synonyms: orderly
    marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
  2. adjective
    showing care in execution
    neat homework”
    neat handwriting”
    marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits
  3. adjective
    free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    “the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife”
    synonyms: clean
    quick or skillful or adept in action or thought
  4. adjective
    free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
    “a neat style”
    “a neat set of rules”
    “she hated to have her neat plans upset”
    synonyms: refined, tasteful
    refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style
  5. adjective
    very good
    “a neat sports car”
    synonyms: bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
    having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
  6. adjective
    without water
    “took his whiskey neat
    synonyms: full-strength, straight
    not diluted
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