adjective, neater, neatest.
in a pleasingly orderly and clean condition:
a neat room.
habitually orderly and clean in appearance or habits:
a neat person.
of a simple, pleasing appearance, style, design, etc.:
a neat cottage.
cleverly effective in character or execution:
a neat scheme; a neat solution.
Slang. great; wonderful; fine:
What a neat car!
clever, dexterous, or apt:
She gave a neat characterization of the old woman.
clean, tidy, and orderly
liking or insisting on order and cleanliness; fastidious
smoothly or competently done; efficient: a neat job
pat or slick: his excuse was suspiciously neat
(of alcoholic drinks) without added water, lemonade, etc; undiluted
a less common word for net2 neat profits
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) good; pleasing; admirable
noun (pl) neat
(archaic or dialect) a domestic bovine animal
1540s, “clean, free from dirt,” from Anglo-French neit, Middle French net “clear, pure” (12c.), from Latin nitidus “well-favored, elegant, trim,” literally “gleaming,” from nitere “to shine,” from PIE root *nei- “to shine” (cf. Middle Irish niam “gleam, splendor,” niamda “shining;” Old Irish noib “holy,” niab “strength;” Welsh nwyfiant “gleam, splendor”).
Meaning “inclined to be tidy” is from 1570s. Of liquor, “straight,” c.1800, from meaning “unadulterated” (of wine), which is first attested 1570s. Informal sense of “very good” first recorded 1934 in American English; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Related: Neatly; neatness.
“ox, bullock, cow,” Old English neat “ox, beast, animal,” from Proto-Germanic *nautam “thing of value, possession” (cf. Old Frisian nat, Middle Dutch noot, Old High German noz, Old Norse naut), from PIE root *neud- “to make use of, enjoy.”
[neet-n] /ˈnit n/ verb (used with object) 1. to make : a day spent neatening the kitchen shelves. /ˈniːtən/ verb 1. (transitive) to make neat; tidy v. 1898, from neat (adj.) + -en (1). Related: Neatened; neatening.
necrocytosis nec·ro·cy·to·sis (něk’rō-sī-tō’sĭs) n. The abnormal or pathological death of cells.
necrogenic nec·ro·gen·ic (něk’rə-jěn’ĭk) or ne·crog·e·nous (nə-krŏj’ə-nəs, ně-) adj. Relating to, living in, or having origin in dead matter.
- Necrogenic wart
necrogenic wart n. See postmortem wart.