neat

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neat
S2 [ni:t] adj comparative neater superlative neatest
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1¦(tidy)¦
2¦(liking things tidy)¦
3¦(good)¦
4¦(small)¦
5¦(clever)¦
6¦(drinks)¦
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[Date: 1500-1600; : French; Origin: net, from Latin nitidus 'bright, neat', from nitere 'to shine']
1.) ¦(TIDY)¦
tidy and carefully arranged
neat handwriting
His clothes were always neat and clean .
Everything in the house was neat and tidy .
She arranged the books in a nice neat pile.
2.) ¦(LIKING THINGS TIDY)¦
someone who is neat likes to keep things tidy
I've always been quite neat.
3.) ¦(GOOD)¦
AmE spoken very good, pleasant, or enjoyable
That's a really neat idea.
I liked working for him - he was a neat guy.
4.) ¦(SMALL)¦
something that is neat is small and attractive
her small, neat features
5.) ¦(CLEVER)¦
formal a neat way of doing or saying something is simple but clever and effective
In the end we found a very neat solution to the problem.
a neat summary of the main issues
6.) ¦(DRINKS)¦
especially BrE a neat alcoholic drink has no ice or water or any other liquid added
I can't drink brandy neat.
drinking neat whisky
>neatly adv
He wrote his name neatly at the bottom of the page.
The problem was neatly summed up by one of the teachers.
>neatness n [U]

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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