• Neat but not gaudy
    Neat but not gaudy
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj neat 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 neat without water "took his whiskey neat"
    • adj neat free from what is tawdry or unbecoming "a neat style","a neat set of rules","she hated to have her neat plans upset"
    • adj neat very good "he did a bully job","a neat sports car","had a great time at the party","you look simply smashing"
    • adj neat clean or organized "her neat dress","a neat room"
    • adj neat showing care in execution "neat homework","neat handwriting"
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Additional illustrations & photos:

Hannibal makes the usual neat and appropriate Speech previous to killing himself Hannibal makes the usual neat and appropriate Speech previous to killing himself

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n. sing. & pl Neat nēt (Zoöl) 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. "Wherein the herds[men] were keeping of their neat .""The steer, the heifer, and the calf
      Are all called neat ."
      "A neat and a sheep of his own."
    • Neat Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.
    • Neat (Chem) Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy; to drink one's vodka neat . "Our old wine neat ."
    • Neat 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."
    • Neat Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.
    • a Neat Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle.
    • Neat With all deductions or allowances made; net. In this sense usually written net. See Net a., 3
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n neat Cattle of the bovine genus, as bulls, oxen, and cows: used collectively.
    • n neat A single bovine animal.
    • neat Being or relating to animals of the ox kind: as, neat cattle.
    • neat Clear; pure; unmixed; undiluted; unadulterated: as, a glass of brandy neat.
    • neat Clear of any extraneous matter; clear of the cask, case, wrapper, etc.; with all deductions made: as, neat weight.
    • neat Free from what is undesirable, offensive, unbecoming, or in bad taste; pleasing; nice.
    • neat Characterized by nicety of appearance, construction, arrangement, etc.; nice; hence, orderly; trim; tidy; often, specifically, clean; as, a neat box; the apartment was always very neat; neat in one's dress.
    • neat Well-shaped or well-proportioned; cleancut: as, a neat foot and ankle.
    • neat Complete in character, skill, etc.; exact; finished; adroit; clever; skilful: applied to persons or things.
    • neat Spruce; finical; over-nice.
    • neat A commendatory word, used somewhat vaguely.
    • neat Synonyms Clean, cleanly, unsoiled.
    • neat Neatly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Neat nēt belonging to the bovine genus
    • n Neat black-cattle: an ox or cow
    • adj Neat nēt trim: tidy: clean: well-shaped: without mixture or adulteration: finished, adroit, clever, skilful
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  • Don Herold
    Don Herold
    “There's one thing about baldness, it's neat.”
  • Francois FeNelon
    “Exactness and neatness in moderation is a virtue, but carried to extremes narrows the mind.”
  • Johann Kaspar Lavater
    “Neatness begets order; but from order to taste there is the same difference as from taste to genius, or from love to friendship.”
  • Robert Orben
    Robert Orben
    “Every speaker has a mouth; An arrangement rather neat. Sometimes it's filled with wisdom. Sometimes it's filled with feet.”
  • Marlene Dietrich
    “A man would prefer to come home to an unmade bed and a happy woman than to a neatly made bed and an angry woman.”
  • John Lehman
    John Lehman
    “Power corrupts. Absolute power is kind of neat”


As neat as a new pin - This idiom means tidy and clean.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. neát,; akin to OHG. nōz, Icel. naut, Sw. nöt, Dan. nöd, and to AS. neótan, to make use of, G. geniessen, Goth. niutan, to have a share in, have joy of, Lith. nauda, use, profit
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. net—L. nitidus, shining—nìtēre, to shine.


In literature:

They had quiet, neatly cut features, and serene eyes.
"A Modern Tomboy" by L. T. Meade
The list of guests and the amount of money netted by the fete he received from Mrs. Randolph's secretary in neatly typewritten lists.
"Spring Street" by James H. Richardson
Just a slip from an Army Book 136, in Harville's neat cramped handwriting.
"Pushed and the Return Push" by George Herbert Fosdike Nichols, (AKA Quex)
Her hair is done neatly, and as becomingly as possible, but securely for the day.
"The Etiquette of To-day" by Edith B. Ordway
Outside silk and outside lawn; Scenes to cheat us neatly drawn.
"The Hesperides & Noble Numbers: Vol. 1 and 2" by Robert Herrick
In the colony at Tachos, situated on a height, there were several neat buildings for the friars and a village for the Indians.
"Across Unknown South America" by Arnold Henry Savage Landor
The two prime requisites of good binding for libraries are neatness and solidity.
"A Book for All Readers" by Ainsworth Rand Spofford
They are great curiosities, in fact, on account of their singular and most extraordinary neatness.
"Rollo in Holland" by Jacob Abbott
The little chills run up and down my spine when'er we meet, Though she seems a gentle creature and she's very trim and neat.
"The Book of Humorous Verse" by Various
She liked to have her own way; but had sterling qualities, being neat, faithful, and industrious.
"The Telegraph Boy" by Horatio Alger, Jr.

In poetry:

Tree of our state and emblem of neatness,
Beauty and grace abide in thy form;
Not in thy blood alone courses a sweetness,
Thy ev'ry unfolding is suavity born.
"The Tree Of State" by Jared Barhite
When with thee, Ariosto, or Tasso, I sport,
Or go with our Spencer to his Fairy-Court,
Or Cowley, or Oldham, or Davenant pursue,
Or spend a few Hours, neat Waller, with you.
"A Search After Wit; Or, A Visitation Of The Authors" by Richard Ames
The lovely girl was call'd Catau,
She joy'd to make her neat hearth glow,
For her returning sire;
When from his distant toil he hied,
To banquet by his daughter's side,
Before his evening fire.
"The Stork" by William Hayley
Young maids who are willing young wives to become,
Remember, the sweetest of places is home;
But remember, no husband 'ull find his home sweet,
If it ain't bright and cheerful, and tidy and neat.
"Bedfordshire Ballad - IV" by E W Bowling
Still to be neat, still to be dressed,
As you were going to a feast;
Still to be powdered, still perfumed:
Lady, it is to be presumed,
Though art's hid causes are not found,
All is not sweet, all is not sound.
"Simplex Munditiis" by Ben Jonson
There’s a priest that ties knots, so the knowin' ones say,
In a neat little church in the town of Glenbeigh;
If he 'll tie just one more, I 'll be thinkin', I ween,
If there’s luck anywhere, there is luck at Luckeen!
"The Bridge At Luckeen" by Clinton Scollard

In news:

I am a neatly dressed senior citizen.
Oh, and it should be in a neat old building.
The ball was released and it arced neatly into the pocket.
The renovated property of the artist Winslow Homer (1836-1910) is set on a neatly groomed lawn that slopes gently toward the sea in Prouts Neck, Me.
ABC's 'Desperate Housewives' concluded its eight-year run with a two-hour finale on Sunday night, neatly wrapping up the storylines of the title characters and hinting that even without them, life on Wisteria Lane goes on.
Gamera is really neat / He is filled with turtle meat.
Here's a neat story written by Sgt 1st Class Darren D Heusel, Oklahoma Joint Force Headquarters Public Affairs.
I found this really neat gadget on Pinterest that holds open sandwich bags for you while you pour something in it.
They were neat, pretty and always ready for company.
It's neat to see his daughters grow up.
For me, watching airplanes has always been a pretty neat pastime.
It includes services, places and just all around neat places.
Their symptoms do not fit neatly into one or two categories.
VIENNA — Vienna's transport authority says a city bus driver checking a bag left behind by a passenger had the surprise of his life - (EURO)390,000, or over $500,000, in neatly stacked 500-euro bills.
Vienna's transport authority says a city bus driver checking a bag left behind by a passenger had the surprise of his life -- 390,000 euros (more than $500,000) in neatly stacked 500-euro bills.

In science:

That the random numbers generated by linear congruential generators form neat patterns when embedded in two and higher dimensional phase space was known since as early as the beginning of sixties, see for example .
Monte Carlo: Basics
Since we assumed Γ to be neat, the latter is trivial and so the stabilizer ΓI is contained in NI .
Compactifications defined by arrangements I: the ball quotient case
Simple coupling and an additional neat observation allow us to prove that excited random walk is recurrent only in dimension 1.
Excited Random Walk
We briefly mention a neat alternative derivation of the time-dependent behavior.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
Among all these, ON 1 is a neat example of a circularly symmetric molecular condensation with a centrally placed massive binary protostar which is driving multiple outflows and surrounded by a young stellar cluster.
The structure of Onsala 1 star forming region