Antonyms for neatness

Grammar : Noun
Spell : neet
Phonetic Transcription : nit

Definition of neatness

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.
  • noun neatness in persons
  • noun neatness in things
Example sentences :
  • Cody's planes are noted for their neatness, rigidity and smoothness.
  • Extract from : « Flying Machines » by W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
  • It is the only tavern in the village, and for neatness and comfort can not easily be surpassed.
  • Extract from : « The Bay State Monthly, Vol. 1, Issue 1. » by Various
  • Let neatness, and elegance, and beauty exhibit their proudest charms.
  • Extract from : « Imogen » by William Godwin
  • Neatness was at all times my pride; but now plainness was the conformity to necessity.
  • Extract from : « Beaux and Belles of England » by Mary Robinson
  • It lacks the neatness, the athletic movement of Paine's English.
  • Extract from : « Shelley, Godwin and Their Circle » by H. N. Brailsford
  • The lady commented on the neatness and order in the little rooms.
  • Extract from : « Shavings » by Joseph C. Lincoln
  • Obedience, neatness, punctuality do not thrive in such an atmosphere.
  • Extract from : « The Negro Farmer » by Carl Kelsey
  • He only noticed that she was dressed with a peculiar simplicity and neatness.
  • Extract from : « An Orkney Maid » by Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • Let neatness, and order, characterize all your arrangements.
  • Extract from : « The Ladies' Work-Table Book » by Anonymous
  • I looked about me through the little room, where all was order, neatness, and propriety.
  • Extract from : « Jack Hinton » by Charles James Lever

Synonyms for neatness

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