Definitions of neat

  1. 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"
  2. without water; " took his whiskey neat"
  3. showing care in execution; " neat homework"; " neat handwriting"
  4. free from what is tawdry or unbecoming; " a neat style"; " a neat set of rules"; " she hated to have her neat plans upset"
  5. clean or orderly; " her neat dress"; " a neat room"
  6. Neatly.
  7. Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle.
  8. Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.
  9. Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.
  10. Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy.
  11. Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.
  12. With all deductions or allowances made; net. [ In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]
  13. Tidy; trim and clean; as, a neat home; simple and elegant; clever; as, a neat reply.
  14. Cattle, as oxen and cows.
  15. Neatness.
  16. Belonging to the bovine genus.
  17. Black- cattle: an ox or cow.
  18. Trim: tidy: without mixture or adulteration.
  19. Tidy; clean; pure.
  20. Free from soil or disorder; tidy; trim; spruce; clever.
  21. Pertaining to bovine animals.
  22. Bovine cattle collectively.
  23. A single bovine animal.
  24. Belonging to animals of the ox kind. Neat's foot oil, oil from the feet of neat cattle.
  25. Tidy; trim; nice; chaste: pure; unadulterated: simple.
  26. Cattle of the bovine genus.
  27. Tidy; spruce and clean; not tawdry; trim; pleasing with simplicity; pure; unadulterated.
  28. Cattle, as the ox, the cow, and suchlike.

Usage examples for neat

  1. They found it comfortably furnished and neat as wax. – Elsie at Nantucket by Martha Finley
  2. " Yes," said Elsie, " papa wants me always to look very nice and neat; and when I go down in the morning he just gives me one glance from head to foot, and if anything is wrong he is sure to see it and send me back immediately to have it made right. – Elsie Dinsmore by Martha Finley
  3. It's a neat idea when you think about it. – Arm of the Law by Harry Harrison
  4. There he sat beside Jean, brushed and very neat; and very, very white. – The Amazing Interlude by Mary Roberts Rinehart
  5. Aye, aye, sir; it was a neat job. – A Voyage with Captain Dynamite by Charles Edward Rich
  6. Captain Gordon, who had been the principal instructor of the squadron, was very neat and precise about his person, and had always required the troopers to keep their uniforms and arms and their horses, with their equipments, in good condition. – A Lieutenant at Eighteen by Oliver Optic
  7. It was a pretty neat job, I can tell you. – Careers of Danger and Daring by Cleveland Moffett
  8. The street they were walking upon was smooth and level, and the houses they passed were neat and pretty; but both the children noticed there were no people to be seen anywhere about the village. – Dot and Tot of Merryland by L. Frank Baum
  9. Rather neat, that last phrase, eh, Julie? – Those Dale Girls by Frank Weston Carruth
  10. She shut the little red book- the butcher's book, this time, swept it and its companions into a neat pile, and sprang to her feet. – An Unknown Lover by Mrs. George de Horne Vaizey
  11. One nest found was suspended in a low bush, and was a very neat purse- shaped one, with an opening near the top and rather on one side. – The Nests and Eggs of Indian Birds, Volume 1 by Allan O. Hume
  12. That joke I made was rather neat. – The Virginians by William Makepeace Thackeray
  13. Poor Susan lingered late- till the candles were low, and as soon as the table was cleared she opened her neat portfolio. – The Wings of the Dove, Volume 1 of 2 by Henry James
  14. " Yes," said John, gazing down at his neat shoes, as he stood rubbing his broad hands slowly together before the fire, " Cutter is coming, too. – Paul Patoff by F. Marion Crawford
  15. He probably thought this a neat, off- hand way of making the invitation, for he looked at his woman- kind as if he might expect their admiration. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  16. He actually said once, in my presence, that if he'd known how neat she was, he didn't believe he'd have married her. – A Spinner in the Sun by Myrtle Reed
  17. She wished to look neat and charming. – The Higher Court by Mary Stewart Daggett
  18. The house is in particularly neat and good order. – Autobiography of Sir George Biddell Airy by George Biddell Airy
  19. It was ugly, but anyhow it was neat. – White Lilac; or the Queen of the May by Amy Walton
  20. Because 'twould look so bad If a dirty coat I had; Little face and little feet, They too must be always neat. – Rhymes Old and New by M.E.S. Wright