- neatS2 [ni:t] adj comparative neater superlative neatest▬▬▬▬▬▬▬1¦(tidy)¦2¦(liking things tidy)¦3¦(good)¦4¦(small)¦5¦(clever)¦6¦(drinks)¦▬▬▬▬▬▬▬[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 features5.) ¦(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 issues6.) ¦(DRINKS)¦especially BrE a neat alcoholic drink has no ice or water or any other liquid added= ↑straight▪ 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.