(noun, adjective)


1. clean or organized

- her neat dress

- a neat room

Similar word(s): tidy, orderly

2. showing care in execution

- neat homework

- neat handwriting

Similar word(s): tidy

3. free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed

- the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife

Similar word(s): adroit, clean

4. very good

- a neat sports car

Similar word(s): good, bully, corking, cracking, dandy, great, groovy, keen, nifty, old, peachy, smashing, swell

5. (of an alcoholic drink) without water

- took his whiskey neat

Similar word(s): undiluted, straight

Sentences with neat as an adjective:

- My room is neat because I tidied it this morning.  She has very neat hair.

- I like my whisky neat.

- The Arbuzov reaction is performed by adding the bromide to the phosphite, neat.  The molecular beam was neat acetylene.

- The front room was neat and carefully arranged for the guests.

- Having the two protagonists meet in the last act was a particularly neat touch.

- Hey, neat convertible, man.


1. (archaic) A bull or cow.

2. (archaic) Cattle collectively.

3. (informal) An artificial intelligence researcher who believes that solutions should be elegant, clear and provably correct. Compare scruffy.