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.Law.
2. Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a
neat style; a
3. Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as,
neat brandy; to drink one's vodka
(Chem.) Pure; undiluted; as, dissolved in
neat acetone. "Our old wine neat."
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4. Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a
neat design; a
5. With all deductions or allowances made; net. [In this sense usually written
net. See Net,
(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.
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