Neat (?), n. sing. & pl. [AS. ne�xa0;t; akin to OHG. nz, Icel. naut, Sw. not, Dan. nod, and to AS. neotan to make use of, G. geniessen, Goth. niutan to have a share in, have joy of, Lith. nauda use, profit.] Zool.

Cattle of the genus Bos, as distinguished from horses, sheep, and goats; an animal of the genus Bos; as, a neat's tongue; a neat's foot.


Wherein the herds[men] were keeping of their neat. Spenser.

The steer, the heifer, and the calf Are all called neat. Shak.

A neat and a sheep of his own. Tusser.

Neat's-foot, an oil obtained by boiling the feet of neat cattle. It is used to render leather soft and pliable.


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Neat, a. [See neat, n.]

Of or pertaining to the genus Bos, or to cattle of that genus; as, neat cattle.


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Neat, a. [Compar. Neater (?); superl. Neatest.] [OE. nett, F. nett, fr. L. nitidus, fr. nitere to shine. Cf. Nitid, Net, a., Natty.]


Free from that which soils, defiles, or disorders; clean; cleanly; tidy.

If you were to see her, you would wonder what poor body it was that was so surprisingly neat and clean. Law.


Free from what is unbecoming, inappropriate, or tawdry; simple and becoming; pleasing with simplicity; tasteful; chaste; as, a neat style; a neat dress.


Free from admixture or adulteration; good of its kind; as, neat brandy.

"Our old wine neat."



Excellent in character, skill, or performance, etc.; nice; finished; adroit; as, a neat design; a neat thief.


With all deductions or allowances made; net. [In this sense usually written net. See Net, a., 3.]

neat line Civil Engin., a line to which work is to be built or formed. -- Neat work, work built or formed to neat lines.

Syn. -- Nice; pure; cleanly; tidy; trim; spruce.


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