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Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English nete, neat, from Old English nēat (animal, beast, ox, cow, cattle), from Proto-Germanic *nautą (foredeal, profit, property, livestock), from Proto-Indo-European *newd- (to acquire, make use of). Cognate with Dutch noot (cow, cattle, in compounds), dialectal German Noß (livestock), Swiss German Nooss (young sheep or goat), Swedish nöt (cattle), Icelandic naut (cattle). More at note.

NounEdit

neat (plural neats or neat)

  1. (archaic) A bull or cow.
    • 1663, Hudibras, by Samuel Butler, part 1, canto 2
      Sturdy he was, and no less able / Than Hercules to cleanse a stable; / As great a drover, and as great / A critic too, in hog or neat.
    • Shakespeare
      The steer, the heifer, and the calf / Are all called neat.
    • Tusser
      a neat and a sheep of his own.
  2. (archaic) Cattle collectively.
    • 1596, Edmund Spenser, The Faerie Queene, VI.9:
      From thence into the open fields he fled, / Whereas the Heardes were keeping of their neat []
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Etymology 2Edit

From Middle English *nete, net, nette (> Modern net "good, clean"), from Anglo-Norman neit (good, desireable, clean), apparently a conflation of Old French net, nette ("clean, clear, pure"; from Latin nitidus (gleaming), from niteō (I shine)) and Middle English *neit, nait ("in good order, trim, useful, dextrous"; from Old Norse neytr (fit for use, in good order), from Proto-Germanic *nautiz (useful, helpful)). See nait.

AdjectiveEdit

neat (comparative neater, superlative neatest)

  1. Clean, tidy; free from dirt or impurities.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, “Foreword”, in The China Governess[1]:
      A very neat old woman, still in her good outdoor coat and best beehive hat, was sitting at a polished mahogany table on whose surface there were several scored scratches so deep that a triangular piece of the veneer had come cleanly away, […].
    My room is neat because I tidied it this morning.
    She has very neat hair.
  2. Free from contaminants; unadulterated, undiluted. Particularly of liquor and cocktails; see usage below.
    I like my whisky neat.
  3. (chemistry) Conditions with a liquid reagent or gas performed with no standard solvent or cosolvent
    The Arbuzov reaction is performed by adding the bromide to the phosphite, neat.
    The molecular beam was neat acetylene.
  4. (archaic) With all deductions or allowances made; net.
  5. Having a simple elegance or style; clean, trim, tidy, tasteful.
    The front room was neat and carefully arranged for the guests.
  6. Well-executed or delivered; clever, skillful, precise.
    Having the two protagonists meet in the last act was a particularly neat touch.
  7. (colloquial) Good, excellent, desirable.
    Hey, neat convertible, man.
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In bartending, neat has the formal meaning “a liquor pour straight from the bottle into a glass, at room temperature, without ice or chilling”. This is contrasted with on the rocks (over ice), and with drinks that are chilled but strained (stirred over ice to chill, but poured through a strainer so that there is no ice in the glass), which is formally referred to as up. However, the terminology is a point of significant confusion, with neat, up, straight up, and straight being used by bar patrons (and some bartenders) variously and ambiguously to mean either “unchilled” or “chilled” (but without ice in the glass), and hence clarification is often required.[1][2]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Up, Neat, Straight Up, or On the Rocks”, Jeffrey Morgenthaler, Friday, May 9th, 2008
  2. ^ Walkart, C.G. (2002). National Bartending Center Instruction Manual. Oceanside, California: Bartenders America, Inc. p. 106

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NounEdit

néat

  1. basket

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VerbEdit

neat

  1. third-person singular present active subjunctive of neō

Old EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Proto-Germanic *nautą. Cognate with Old Frisian nāt, Old Saxon nōt (Dutch noot), Old High German nōz (dialectal German Nos), Old Norse naut.

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NounEdit

nēat n

  1. cow, ox; animal

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West FrisianEdit

EtymologyEdit

Negative form of eat

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neat

  1. nothing