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Meaning of “neat” in the English Dictionary

"neat" in British English

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neatadjective

uk   us   /niːt/
  • neat adjective (TIDY)

B1 tidy, with everything in ​itsplace: Your ​house is always so neat - how do you ​manage it? She ​likes everything neat and ​tidy. You have such neat ​handwriting. They did a very neat ​jobstitching up ​yourknee - there's ​hardly a ​scar there. Neat ​people like to ​keep themselves, ​theirhouse, and ​their possessions ​tidy and in good ​order: Hassan is the neatest ​child I've ​evermet - ​even his ​shoes are ​clean! I ​try to be neat, but my ​husband is a ​slob.

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(Definition of neat from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"neat" in American English

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neatadjective

 us   /nit/
  • neat adjective (ARRANGED)

[-er/-est only] arranged well, with everything in ​itsplace: neat ​handwriting She ​keeps her ​room neat and ​clean. [-er/-est only] A neat ​personlikes everything to be ​clean and well ​arranged. [-er/-est only] Neat can also ​meanskillful or ​effective: a neat ​trick/​solution
  • neat adjective (NOTHING ADDED)

[not gradable] (of ​alcoholicdrinks) with nothing ​added; ​straight
  • neat adjective (GREAT)

[-er/-est only] infml great: The ​party was really neat. What a neat ​bike!
(Definition of neat from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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