Definition of neatly in US English:



  • In a neat way.

    ‘neatly folded shirts’
    ‘she neatly sidestepped the question’
    • ‘Open one of her cupboards and you would find tins of food all neatly stacked.’
    • ‘Gender selection neatly shows exactly what is at stake in human genetic engineering.’
    • ‘A few blocks away, corner markets still had fruit neatly stacked in pyramids out front.’
    • ‘Well as someone who doesn't fit neatly into any of their categories, I am disgusted.’
    • ‘The picture shows a woman with neatly coiffed hair in a smart modern outfit.’
    • ‘This tension is real; pain does not fall neatly on to either side of the Cartesian divide.’
    • ‘No row could more neatly illustrate the deep divisions between Britain's art lovers.’
    • ‘So I took the four cracker tubes out of the tin and stacked them neatly in the cupboard.’
    • ‘Perhaps he should enjoy his neatly trimmed garden during the week while others are working.’
    • ‘All of this came neatly together in the rituals the Victorians developed for Christmas.’
    tidily, smartly, sprucely
    cleverly, aptly, nicely, elegantly, well
    skilfully, deftly, adroitly, adeptly, expertly, precisely, nimbly, agilely, gracefully, effortlessly
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