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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the adjective neat:


The word neat is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the adjective neat

What does neat mean as an attribute of a noun?

Neat is one of the top 1000 most common adjectives in the English language.

adjective - degrees: neater | neatest

  1. clean or organized
    • examples: her neat dress | a neat room
    • synonym of neat: orderly
    • similar: tidy
  2. showing care in execution
    • examples: neat homework | neat handwriting
    • similar: tidy
  3. free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed
    • example: the neat exactness of the surgeon's knife
    • synonym of neat: clean
    • similar: adroit
  4. superficially impressive, but lacking depth and attention to the true complexities of a subject
  5. very good
  6. (of an alcoholic drink) without water

Alternative definition of the adjective neat


  1. Clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities.
  2. Free from contaminants; unadulterated, undiluted. Particularly of liquor and cocktails; see usage below.
  3. [chemistry] Conditions with a liquid reagent or gas performed with no standard solvent or cosolvent
  4. [archaic] With all deductions or allowances made; net.
  5. Having a simple elegance or style; clean, trim, tidy, tasteful.
  6. Well-executed or delivered; clever, skilful, precise.
  7. [colloquial] Good, excellent, desirable.

Definition of the noun neat

What does neat mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: neat

  1. [archaic] A bull or cow (singular of cattle)
  2. (collective) Cattle.


  1. "NEAT" is a composition.
  2. "Neat" a.k.a. "Neat!" is a musical album of The Jameson Sisters.
    • released in (5 years ago)


  1. NEAT a.k.a. Near-Earth Asteroid Tracking was a program run by NASA and Jet Propulsion Laboratory to discover near-Earth objects. The NEAT project began in December 1995 and ran until April 2007.
  2. Neat is a Canadian television series, which aired on HGTV in Canada and Discovery Home in the United States. Hosted by professional organizer Hellen Buttigieg, Neat is a home improvement series in which Buttigieg helps a person with cluttered living spaces devise solutions to help organize their lives and possessions more effectively.
    • begun on (10 years ago)
    • 40 episodes of 30 minutes each, in 3 seasons
    • country: Canada
    • genres: Reality television, Home improvement
    • official website:

Phrases with Neat

Phrases starting with the word Neat:

  1. Neat-Freak
  2. Neat Milkvetch
  3. neat's-foot oil
  4. Neat-Rib Keyhole Limpet

Phrases ending with the word Neat:

  1. whisky neat
  2. whiskey neat

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Neat

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Google previewA Dictionary of the Central Nicobarese Language (English-Nicobarese and Nicobarese-English), with Appendices Containing a Comparison of Synonymous Words in the Remaining Nicobarese Forms and Other Matters, Preceded by Notes on the Grammar of the Central Form (1889)

by Edward Horace Man

ual neat; aheng-tah&l. lue ; "heang-tafua-heang lue ; aheang-taf ual-heang lie; aheng-tah61-heng. fo6n ; "aii-tafua f odn ; "an-taf iial fan; "neat-tahdl. tani. tafual. sat. heo-hare. maichiia-tare. sam. shdm-heang kahok-sian. neat-sian. lue-sian.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

NEAT. adj. [net, French, nitidus, Latjn.] 1. Elegant, but without dignity. — The thoughts are plain, yet admit a little quickness and passion ; the expression humbL-, yet as pure as the language will afford ; neat, but not florid ; easy, and yet lively.

Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

*NEAT, adj. [net, French, mitidus, Latin.] 1. Elegant, but without dignity—The thoughts are plain, yet admit a little quickness and passion; the expression humble, yet as pure as the language will afford; neat, but not florid; easy, and yet lively.

Google previewSimiles Dictionary (2013)

by Elyse Sommer

littered like a schoolroom after a paper fight —Mary Hood Neat and bare as a GI's footlocker —George Garrett (Withered little Filipino men, as) neat and brittle as whiskbrooms —Fletcher Knebel Neat and dustless as a good ...

Google previewManding-English Dictionary (2015)

Maninka, Bamana Vol. 1. by Vydrine, Valentin

rare beneat, be tidy, cleanly 2. adi 1 neat, tidy, cleanly 2 (b) elegant (refined in clothes and manners) Syn bugá 1 (b) 3 coquettish /mainly about women/ Syn bugá 1 (b) 3. n 1 neat ...

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Scrabble value of N1E1A1T1

The value of this 4-letter word is 4 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

Anagrams of NEAT

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  • TA'EN
  • TAEN

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