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Definition of "neat" []

  • Orderly and clean; tidy. (adjective)
  • Orderly and precise in procedure; systematic. (adjective)
  • Marked by ingenuity and skill; adroit: a neat turn of phrase. (adjective)
  • Not diluted or mixed with other substances: neat whiskey. (adjective)
  • Left after all deductions; net: neat profit. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "neat" in a sentence
  • "I. ii.123 (266,6) [We must be neat] Leontes, seeing his son's nose smutched, cries, _We must be neat_, then recollecting that _neat_ is the term for _horned_ cattle, he says, _not neat, but cleanly_."
  • "He did it as a riff off the term "hi fi", which was what you called your neat-o, keen-o stereo system in the 1950s?"
  • "Damn, was I imagining things, or did Gilberto really use the word neat?"