neat

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."

Primary Meanings of neat

1.
adj
clean or organized
2.
adj
without water
Full Definitions of neat
1

adj clean or organized

“her neat dress”
“a neat room”
Synonyms:
orderly
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits

adj showing care in execution

neat homework”
neat handwriting”
Synonyms:
tidy
marked by order and cleanliness in appearance or habits

adj free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed

“the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife”
Synonyms:
clean
adroit
quick or skillful or adept in action or thought

adj 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
elegant
refined and tasteful in appearance or behavior or style

adj very good

“a neat sports car”
Synonyms:
bang-up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, nifty, not bad, peachy, slap-up, smashing, swell
good
having desirable or positive qualities especially those suitable for a thing specified
2

adj without water

“took his whiskey neat
Synonyms:
full-strength, straight
undiluted
not diluted

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