Antonyms for neater

Grammar : Adj
Spell : neet
Phonetic Transcription : nit

Definition of neater

Origin :
  • 1540s, "clean, free from dirt," from Anglo-French neit, Middle French net "clear, pure" (12c.), from Latin nitidus "well-favored, elegant, trim," literally "gleaming," from nitere "to shine," from PIE root *nei- "to shine" (cf. Middle Irish niam "gleam, splendor," niamda "shining;" Old Irish noib "holy," niab "strength;" Welsh nwyfiant "gleam, splendor").
  • Meaning "inclined to be tidy" is from 1570s. Of liquor, "straight," c.1800, from meaning "unadulterated" (of wine), which is first attested 1570s. Informal sense of "very good" first recorded 1934 in American English; variant neato is teenager slang, first recorded 1968. Related: Neatly; neatness.
  • adj arranged well, uncluttered
  • adj clever, practiced
Example sentences :
  • It was neater and better kept than the majority of the huts of the peasants.
  • Extract from : « The Cat of Bubastes » by G. A. Henty
  • It certainly looked like one; no compliment could be neater.
  • Extract from : « The Stranger in France » by John Carr
  • "Couldn't be any neater or more comfortable," judged Nan with satisfaction.
  • Extract from : « Nan Sherwood at Palm Beach » by Annie Roe Carr
  • Nothing can be neater and cleaner than the whole system of curing the fish!
  • Extract from : « Acadia » by Frederic S. Cozzens
  • Jeanne was neater and prettier than I had ever expected to see her.
  • Extract from : « The Crime of Sylvestre Bonnard » by Anatole France
  • The pipes would be nicer and neater, too, than the brick flue, uncle.
  • Extract from : « The Weathercock » by George Manville Fenn
  • A gardener with clippers could not have made a neater job of it.
  • Extract from : « Joyce's Investments » by Fannie E. Newberry
  • It might have been that the fact that he was neater and better dressed operated in his favor.
  • Extract from : « Ben, the Luggage Boy; » by Horatio Alger
  • If we'd fixed the thing up between us it couldn't have been any neater, could it?
  • Extract from : « The Celebrity, Complete » by Winston Churchill
  • At last he selected one neater and prettier than the rest, containing a linnet.
  • Extract from : « Norman Vallery » by W.H.G. Kingston

Synonyms for neater

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