There are 3 main definitions of NEAT in English:

NEAT1

Syllabification: NEAT

Entry from US English dictionary

abbreviation

Non-exercise activity thermogenesis (the energy expended during normal daily activity rather than through an exercise program).

Definition of NEAT in:

There are 3 main definitions of NEAT in English:

neat2

Line breaks: neat
Pronunciation: /niːt
 
/

adjective

1Arranged in a tidy way; in good order: the books had been stacked up in neat piles
More example sentences
  • The sergeant counted the money onto the kitchen table, note by note, arranging it in neat piles.
  • And when the City asked them to leave the sidewalk outside, they asked for an extra allotment of time, in order to be able to leave the site as neat and tidy as they found it.
  • The village was neat, with tidy little houses, arranged along three roads leading out from this castle.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person) habitually tidy, smart, or well organized: her daughter was always neat and clean
More example sentences
  • Now, yes, he's neat and clean, but I don't think that's a fault.
  • I was neat, clean, shaved and sober, and I didn't care who knew it.
  • And doesn't such an organized and neat man deserve to be indicted just for making us all look bad?
Synonyms
smart, spruce, dapper, trim, well groomed, well turned out, besuited;
organized, well organized, tidy, methodical;
fastidious
informal natty
dated as if one had just stepped out of a bandbox
archaic trig
1.2Having a pleasing appearance; well formed: Alan noted down the orders in his neat, precise script
More example sentences
  • This will give the neat, crisp, appearance that the standard combat uniform is expected to have.
  • Woven garments, such as shirts and trousers, should be folded along their natural creases to maintain a neat appearance.
  • Not only did these materials present a neat appearance, but their flexibility allowed them to be used around curvilinear and geometric beds.
Synonyms
well formed, regular, precise, crisp, clean-cut, elegant, well proportioned, simple, unadorned, unornamented
2Done with or demonstrating skill or efficiency: a neat bit of deduction
More example sentences
  • Calderon, an attacking midfielder, displayed some neat touches and demonstrated a willingness to run at defenders.
  • ‘It is a very neat, environmentally-friendly solution,’ says Dr Reeder.
  • At the moment we don't have a neat solution to the problem and it really is stretching staff and eroding morale.
Synonyms
skilful, deft, dexterous, adroit, adept, expert, practised, accurate, precise, nimble, agile, graceful, stylish
informal nifty
clever, ingenious, inventive, resourceful, good, apt, efficient;
slick
informal genius
2.1Tending to disregard specifics for the sake of convenience; facile: this neat division does not take into account a host of associated factors
More example sentences
  • As we can see now, musical evolution doesn't conform conveniently to neat historical divisions of style and chronology; boundaries are regularly blurred.
  • He measures pain and capacity to suffer in neat units and disregards old-fangled notions such as species or emotion.
  • This historical framework keeps things pretty clear, although its neat divisions, both chronological and thematic are more imagined than real.
3(Of liquid, especially spirits) not diluted or mixed with anything else: he drank neat Scotch
More example sentences
  • Lace half a bottle of neat spirits with a powerful horse laxative and leave it in the glove box or a prominent place in your home.
  • He also points to a fondness for strong drink taken neat; whisky and vodka rather than English ale or Irish stout.
  • Put five drops of the neat oil on a dry, cold compress and cover the burn.
Synonyms
4North American informal Very good; excellent: I took lessons in tracking from this really neat Indian guide
More example sentences
  • I think Wink is a very cool place and our technology is really neat.
  • Incidentally, the Donna Summer homepage is really neat, albeit horrendously designed.
  • There are lots of little shops that have really neat stuff in them.

Origin

late 15th century (in the sense 'clean, free from impurities'): from French net, from Latin nitidus 'shining', from nitere 'to shine'; related to net2. The sense 'bright' (now obsolete) was recorded in English in the late 16th century.

Definition of NEAT in:

There are 3 main definitions of NEAT in English:

neat3

Line breaks: neat
Pronunciation: /niːt
 
/

noun

archaic
1A bovine animal.
More example sentences
  • I had a pretty dinner for them, viz. a brace of stewed carp, six roast chickens and a jowl of hot salmon for the first course; a tanzy and two neats' tongues and cheese second.
  • "as proper a man as ever trod upon neat's leather" [Julius Caesar, Scene 1]
1.1 [mass noun] Cattle.

Origin

Old English, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch noot, also to the base of dialect nait meaning 'companion'.

Definition of NEAT in: