Neat is a slightly difficult word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand neat (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use neat in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of neat, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of neat, followed by 40 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
EXAMPLES - Neat in a Sentence
- "The word neat, for example, has precise connotations. (source)
- Signs of Empire (the title a neat twist on Roland Barthes ' (source)
- He is known as a neat freak that is a little holly than thou. (source)
- Paolo coined a neat news headline: "Beauty will guide the Beast." (source)
- Parker, one of his apprentices, who is described as a neat workman. (source)
- Matrix Trilogy comes in neat toy Nebuchadnezzar | My [confined] Space (source)
- "Now this is what I should call neat -- neat, and not gaudy," said Dame (source)
- It's pretty neat from the old cars, to the old suits, the write-ups, the videos. (source)
- The movie is neat, which is the last thing a movie about cleaning up human waste should be. (source)
- The second half accuses Bauder of being too concerned with putting people in neat little boxes. (source)
- King Priam on a certain incendiary occasion not wholly unknown as a neat point from the classics. (source)
- Ergonomics - Similar to my G-1 which is to say neat but not a match for the pro leval Nikon/Fuji bodies. (source)
- Captain Everard has what grandmamma calls a neat little property of his own from his mother, some where in (source)
- Matrix Trilogy comes in neat toy Nebuchadnezzar - September 4, 2009 added by deleted_user | Images mcs+ to rate (source)
- Blowinghouse -- Justice of the Peace and owned two thousand acres -- what you might call a neat little property. (source)
- He did it as a riff off the term "hi fi", which was what you called your neat-o, keen-o stereo system in the 1950s? (source)
- What I can call neat in this turntable is the fact it also has the rarely used 78RPM drive speed and the $69.99 price tag. (source)
- It is as necessary that a letter at least in its outward appearance should be neat, that is consist of common letter paper, (source)
- I had to pay five dollars for hittin 'the chap (they said it was salt and buttery), an' that's what I call a neat, genteel luxury. (source)
- Petronio moves his people in neat washes of movement, cutting at just the right moment into tastefully finished solo or duet curlicues. (source)
- This was what may be called a neat speculation, certainly a SAFE one, as the return duty alone would have covered the cost and expenses! (source)
- It hath blood and juice when the words are proper and apt, their sound sweet, and the phrase neat and picked -- oratio uncta, et bene pasta. (source)
- And still she remains incapable of redemption, immune to real happiness, leaving everyone devastated in what could hardly be called a neat third act. (source)
- What's kind of neat is that Torquere Press always has one of their established authors review the book, so I have my first review already, technically. (source)
- "No, but the stairs in the lighthouse are really neat," Rory said, trying to be patient and well aware that the word neat would make Zack roll his eyes. (source)
- I honestly think the more elaborate recipes are for the people who take their deer to a processor and get it back in neat white packages with a label on it. (source)
- "But she's no gayer than the birds of the neighbourhood, anyway, and she's as neat, which is more than ye can say for many a young lady that's not so black in the face." (source)
- In The Washington Times, Barry Casselman throws cool water on the current Obama blaze, coins a neat twist on the "first _____ president" meme, and makes an intriguing suggestion: (source)
- These lamps have, of course, materially improved of late; but when Mr. Grimston first saw them, perhaps 18 months ago, they certainly could not be called neat and compact in design. (source)
- 'Well, I am a very good staircase hand; and I have been called neat at sash-frames; and I can knock together doors and shutters very well; and I can do a little at the cabinet-making. (source)
- See, I love the idea of neat new tech innovations that lead to streamlined communication, real-time updating, in-line video and photo posting, and supersimple friend and contact integration. (source)
- It was plain and what her mother would have called neat; certainly not the height of fashion, or at least not what Adam would consider fashion, but it would hold its own in an unspectacular way. (source)
- Presented in neat, six-panel pages that preserve the most salient plot points, key phrases such as "draw me a sheep" are layered over drawings that illustrate the bond that forms between the two. (source)
- I. ii.123 (266,6) [We must be neat] Leontes, seeing his son's nose smutched, cries, _We must be neat_, then recollecting that _neat_ is the term for _horned_ cattle, he says, _not neat, but cleanly_. (source)
- I understand likely conversions of farms modest of there banners and when they speak a neat turbulence cloud nine riddim mp3 they indeed gets subdued, and undertake ratio in themselves which is slightly unfortunate. (source)
- He babbled incessantly about himself and the accessory futilities of his life in short, neat, complacent sentences, and in a voice that Ronald Storre said reminded one of a fat bishop blessing a butter-making competition. (source)
- The thought is thin, the expression neat, though scarcely as pointed as we might expect from such an author, while the metre is graceful: the treatment of the elegiac is freer than that of Ovid, but pleasing and melodious. (source)
- Selecting a part of a tree which is decayed -- sometimes a portion of the bole quite close to the ground -- the woodpecker hews out with its chisel-like beak a neat circular tunnel leading to the cavity in the decayed wood in which the eggs will be deposited. (source)
- And obviously because I said one too many times that his crocodiles were "neat" - or more precisely because he's in a tropical country where herps aren't frozen under near permafrost-Dave rounds out his welcome trilogy of offerings with some present-day dinosaurs living right there in the tropics: (source)
- It ought also to be observed, that though the materials for forming grand landscapes are wanting, there are many of what might, at least, be called neat prospects, about the cultivated grounds and dwelling-places, but more especially about the _fiatookas_, where sometimes art, and sometimes nature, has done much to please the eye. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 40 example sentences provided below is 64.0, which suggests that "neat" is a standard word that is understood by individuals with a high school diploma or degree, and can be found in news articles, books, magazines and other places.
We have 35 synonyms for neat.
accurate, apple-pie order, chic, correct, dainty, dapper, elegant, exact, fastidious, finical, finicky, immaculate, in good order, in good shape, methodical, natty, neat as a pin, nice, orderly, precise, prim, proper, regular, shipshape, sleek, slick, smart, spick-and-span, spotless, spruce, systematic, tidy, trim, well-groomed, well-kept
We have 19 antonyms for neat.
careless, dirty, disorderly, disorganized, dull, false, inaccurate, messed up, questionable, rough, sloppy, slovenly, stupid, unclean, unfashionable, unintelligent, unkempt, unpracticed, untidy
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of neat from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Orderly and clean; tidy.
- (adjective) Orderly and precise in procedure; systematic.
- (adjective) Marked by ingenuity and skill; adroit: a neat turn of phrase.
- (adjective) Not diluted or mixed with other substances: neat whiskey.
- (adjective) Left after all deductions; net: neat profit.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (noun) A bull or cow.
- (noun) Cattle collectively.
- (adjective) Clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities.
- (adjective) Free from contaminants; unadulterated, undiluted. Particularly of liquor and cocktails; see usage below.
- (adjective) Conditions with a liquid reagent or gas performed with no standard solvent or cosolvent
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (noun) Cattle of the genus Bos, as distinguished from horses, sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus Bos
- (adjective) Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus.
- (adjective) Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.
- (adjective) Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste
- (adjective) Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (noun) Cattle of the bovine genus, as bulls, oxen, and cows: used collectively.
- (noun) A single bovine animal.
- (None) Being or relating to animals of the ox kind: as, neat cattle.
- (None) Clear; pure; unmixed; undiluted; unadulterated: as, a glass of brandy neat.
- (None) Clear of any extraneous matter; clear of the cask, case, wrapper, etc.; with all deductions made: as, neat weight.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) free from what is tawdry or unbecoming
- (adjective) without water
- (adjective) clean or organized
- (adjective) showing care in execution
- (adjective) free from clumsiness; precisely or deftly executed