Definitions for: Neat

[adj] free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed; "he landed a clean left on his opponent's cheek"; "a clean throw"; "the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife"
[adj] without water; "took his whiskey neat"
[adj] free from what is tawdry or unbecoming; "a neat style"; "a neat set of rules"; "she hated to have her neat plans upset"
[adj] (informal) very good; "a bully pulpit"; "a neat sports car"; "had a great time at the party"; "you look simply smashing"
[adj] clean or orderly; "her neat dress"; "a neat room"
[adj] showing care in execution; "neat homework"; "neat handwriting"

Webster (1913) Definition: Neat, n. sing. & pl. [AS. ne['a]t; akin to OHG. n?z,
Icel. naut, Sw. n["o]t, Dan. n["o]d, and to AS. ne['o]tan to
make use of, G. geniessen, Goth. niutan to have a share in,
have joy of, Lith. nauda use, profit.] (Zo["o]l.)
Cattle of the genus Bos, as distinguished from horses,
sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus Bos; as, a neat's
tongue; a neat's foot. --Chaucer.

Wherein the herds[men] were keeping of their neat.

The steer, the heifer, and the calf Are all called
neat. --Shak.

A neat and a sheep of his own. --Tusser.

Neat's-foot, an oil obtained by boiling the feet of neat
cattle. It is used to render leather soft and pliable.

Neat, a. [See neat, n.]
Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that
genus; as, neat cattle.

Neat, a. [Compar. Neater; superl. Neatest.] [OE.
nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf.
Nitid, Net, a., Natty.]
1. Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean;
cleanly; tidy.

If you were to see her, you would wonder what poor
body it was that was so surprisingly neat and clean.

2. Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry;
simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful;
chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.

3. Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as,
neat brandy. ``Our old wine neat.'' --Chapman.

4. Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice;
finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.

5. With all deductions or allowances made; net.

Note: [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a.,

neat line (Civil Engin.), a line to which work is to be
built or formed.

Neat work, work built or formed to neat lines.

Syn: Nice; pure; cleanly; tidy; trim; spruce.

Synonyms: adroit, bang-up, bully, clean, corking, cracking, dandy, elegant, full-strength, good, great, groovy, keen, nifty, not bad(p), peachy, refined, slap-up, smashing, straight, swell, tasteful, tidy, undiluted

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