Neat - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |niːt|  American pronunciation of the word neat
Brit.  |niːt|  British pronunciation of the word neat
- clean or organized (syn: orderly)
her neat dress
a neat room
- showing care in execution
neat homework
neat handwriting
- free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed (syn: clean)
the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife
- superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject (syn: facile, slick)
it was a neat plan, but bound to fail
- very good (syn: bang- up, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, keen, nifty, old, peachy, slap- up, smashing, swell)
a neat sports car
- (of an alcoholic drink) without water (syn: straight)
took his whiskey neat


He keeps his apartment neat and clean.

The store is always busy but they manage to keep the shelves stocked and neat.

a nice neat pile of magazines

Fold the paper to make a neat edge.

a neat man who always wore a suit

He's got a neat way of memorizing information.

There is, unfortunately, no neat solution to the problem.

She's a neat person who has traveled a lot.

His wife seems to have been quite as neat an article as his sister.

His clothes were always neat and clean.

Everything in the house was neat and tidy.

She arranged the books in a nice neat pile.

I've always been quite neat.

That's a really neat idea.

I liked working for him - he was a neat guy.

Word forms

comparative: neater
superlative: neatest
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